The Cape Town branch of FFS Refiners has become the first company in the Western Cape to attain accreditation in the national Road Transport Management System [RTMS]. This achievement puts FFS alongside only 11 other companies in South Africa to hold the accreditation.
Mike Heffernan, the Cape transport manager for FFS, believes that a more structured approach to the transport operation reaps benefits in terms of payload optimisation, vehicle reliability and general operating standards.”It is less likely that things will drop through the cracks with the adoption of a more systematic approach,’ he says.
FFS is the largest supplier of industrial heating fuels in South Africa. The company runs a fleet of hazardous product tankers, most of which have been designed and built by FFS, a registered SABS manufacturer of hazardous goods tankers. FFS is proud to be at the forefront, embracing the drive for improvement. RTMS is an industry-led self-regulation scheme that encourages consignees, consignors and transport operators engaged in the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure, improves road safety and increases the productivity of the logistics value chain.
This scheme also supports the National Freight Logistics Strategy of the Department of Transport. The RTMS structure is based on ARP 067, a code of practice similar in structure to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the main elements being:
- Load optimisation
- Driver wellness
- Vehicle maintenance, and
It is envisaged that by 2012, RTMS will be a nationally recognised, self-regulating scheme for heavy vehicle road transport, resulting in a safe, equitable and competitive heavy vehicle logistics value chain. RTMS’s mission is to provide a national management system (standards, auditors, manuals) and implementation support (information portals, recognition, technology transfer) for heavy vehicle road transport to consignees, consignors and transport operators.