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  1. If only more companies took this approach!

  2. I think downhill on a sharp decline, drivers are lazy to gear back and just use brakes, overheating them and sometimes causing failure- they put the load at fire risk in this way, having an effect on their insurance claims and history.

  3. Alta Swanepoel

    As I have just undergone a double mastectomy and chemotherapy after breast cancer was detected by a wonderful radiologist in a routine mammogram check, I cannot express my support in sufficiently elaborate terms for this wonderful initiative. Fortunately I am all well again, with the necessary short back and sides hairstyle, due to early detection. Keep up the good work.

    Alta Swanepoel

  4. 'Yashin Ismail'

    sad to loose such a good product, thank God that there is plenty to go around.

  5. What an awesome idea!

  6. Michelle O'Leary

    Road Safety is the responsibility of us all. Stricter policing and heavier fines will go a long way to making an impact on driver behavior.

  7. Michelle O'Leary

    Road Safety is the responsibility of us all. Stricter policing and heavier fines will go a long way to making an impact on driver behavior. More visible and continuous policing is essential.

  8. I just had a quote on a R 743 000 vehicle based on only 6000kms per month usage on 5 year FML contract and “Charterway-eish” added R 348 000 for the maintenance plan- Eish, Eish and Eish again- this is on a 6 ton Fuso Tipper( financed by Mercedes “Charterway”), which I think should be named downway or nowhereway- robbery at its best.

  9. 'Patrick O''Leary'

    Hi Andre. I will bounce this off them and get some response for you.

  10. They are plenty of truck drivers in Zimbabwe who are jobless but holds a good driving record from multinational companies such a Biddulphs and Delta. Go get them

  11. I also support this call by the Road Safety Foundation but would like to remind all concerned that on 4 October 2013, it was resolved at the annual Road Safety Summit held by the Department of Transport and called and hosted by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters that a “Road Safety Advisory Council” was to urgently be established. That was 8 months ago and as yet, this has not happened. I had so hoped that the energies of Minister Peters would not amount to the same old rhetoric that has poured out of the Department of Transport for God knows how long now, but alas, talk remains the ONLY thing that the Department and Minister/s of Transport know how to or care to do. We can try and drive and insist on change, but unfortunately none of us have the power to do a thing without the support of the Department and Minister of Transport.

    Howard Dembovsky

  12. As clients/owners, Insurers and very specially, Insurance Brokers, Tracking Companies and drivecam/driverisk companies,we should all take hands and tackle firstly the 70 percent that gets lost in South Africa and then secondly, the other 30 percent. One way of doing this, is for the logistical managers to have an hourly password system in place which changes every hour and the driver must then answer each hour with the different password that was given to him an hour ago. In this way, an one hour radius( plus minus 80 to 100 km) can be established, making the search easier and quicker, should there be a theft/hijack of a vehicle.

  13. Morne Willemse

    Usually there is a air braking system on trucks that is used to slow down the vehicle, the air brakes does not use brake plates but resistance breaking, it slows it down and then they use normal braking (brake plates). If a truck does not come out with air braking it should be driven carefully down the sharp declines, as some might have integrated air braking systems which takes the control of breaking out of the hands of the driver and into the braking-technology. So i guess there are some trucks that are for declines and some not for declines, braking systems speaking.

    Using also a method of gearbox speed throttling and not using breaks can also prolong the life of the brake pads.

  14. 'Ted Hughes'

    Pat, as we all know transport and road users are the milk cow of the government, in fact most governments – BUT- there has to come a time when we say enough is enough. The bad roads we have to contend with the so called good roads designed to last for years are destroying our tyres at an alarming rate due to the large aggregate used. The hours that our drivers work would not be tolerated in any reasonable country, the corruption is beyond bad. The only solution is to have Operators Licencing as in Europe and we will be regarded as professionals. Before OL in Europe the trucking industry was despised after the introduction of OL within 5 years the public perception changed, rates increased, hours dropped, bad maintenance was all but eliminated BUT it took professional inspectors and police to ensure that it happened. The very guys that you train to inspect trucks are maybe some of the ones looking for bribes, now they know better what to point out and get more money? Why have the owners of the trucks that caused the horrendous deaths not been charged and appearing in court? Every day we see trucks, taxis and cars that should be scrapped but on our roads. We, like a lot of operators use every bit of technology we can to ensure safety and compliance, we occasionally have complaints of bad driving but after watching the camera replays we invite the complainant to watch the reruns – strange they never accept – because they are the ones in the wrong!! This is very negative but the truth is, it is a negative picture, right through society we have corruption and guys taking the short cut. Some while ago you wrote an article on the R74 going past Sterkfontein Dam, I was there last year enjoying myself in a 4×4 with a very worried wife – on the way back we passed three tri axle trucks from Durban using that road – WHY??? We need uncorruptible law enforcement that WILL take action, while we have transporters cutting corners our rates will remain low.


    Pulsit Electronics has developed a system it says counters signal jamming by hijackers, something that has become a scourge in the fleet management industry in Southern Africa. By Duncan McLeod.

    A South African vehicle tracking and fleet management company, Pulsit Electronics, has developed a system it believes could help weaken the scourge of truck hijackings in Southern Africa. It works by countering the signal jamming devices criminals use to block vehicle tracking systems.

    Pulsit Electronics chief financial and information officer Bokkie Fourie explains that hijackers use a range of jamming systems — some of them quite sophisticated, others less so — to block tracking systems from communicating via the cellular networks or via satellite. Once jammed, they typically either hijack the vehicle or work in cahoots with the driver and move it to another location where they offload its precious cargo.

    But Pulsit’s system, which took about six months from conception to final development, is able to identify when frequency jammers are being used and, if detected, will put a vehicle into a disabled state in which it can’t be driven.

    Though the driver is still able to control the vehicle’s power steering and brakes in this state, he isn’t able to accelerate until the jamming signal is switched off. An alert can also be sent to a central office, prompting an agent to try to call the driver and, if necessary, to call in a response team.

    Fourie says signal jamming is a big headache for logistics companies in Southern Africa. Pulsit installed its first commercial version of its jamming mitigation system last month and Fourie claims a number of logistics firms have approached the company interested in using it in their fleets.

    Fourie explains that the system is able to determine when tracking signals are being jammed. It does this by measuring signal characteristics to determine if there is deterioration through noise in the frequency bands they use.

    “When jamming happens, we induce the disabled state, which inhibits acceleration. The truck can idle — it can gear down and park — but it can’t go anywhere.”

    If the tracking system is able to filter through the noise sufficiently, it will transmit its normal position and a distress signal with details of the jamming event. Even if the tracking device is unplugged, the vehicle will remain in the disabled state. Fourie says it’s virtually impossible to disable the limp mode, but he declines to explain in detail how it works, saying it’s a trade secret.

    Fleet owners can decide whether or not to alert potential hijackers that their trucks are fitted with the system by placing a notice to this effect on their vehicles.

    Pulsit Electronics is now developing a similar system for trailers for instances where hijackers, for example, remove the trailer and hook it up to another truck and then force the driver to drive his now trailer-less vehicle along his usual route to fool the tracking system and those monitoring it.

    “If they split horse and trailer, we’re looking at various options to immobilise the trailer,” explains Fourie. — © 2014 NewsCentral Media

    Below is a quote from the interview by Gavin Kelly of the road Freight association describing the jamming crises facing the transport industry.

    Link :

    “Hijackers also used two kinds of jamming devices to bypass the truck’s tracking device. One kind would scramble the tracking system and remove it off the system. The second type would mimic the truck’s tracking system and send out a duplicate signal showing the truck was standing stationary somewhere.

    “Obviously the first one is less sophisticated and easier to catch because once a truck disappears off the system you immediately know there’s something fishy,” Kelly said.” Ref : Gavin Kelly of the Road Freight Association.

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  16. Colin Atkinson

    Very well said.

    I also feel that new technology should be embraced and instituted. ie : Retarders, intarder, ABS, EBS, on board camera’s. ect.
    I’m sure that if there where permanent test stations on all major routes, the accident rate would drop.
    Company owners/ directors should be held liable for any defects on the vehicle, not only the driver.
    I’m sure that we could improve the understanding of the transport industry if the minister engaged with the RFA, IRTE , and other experienced transport orginisations.


  17. Hi,

    Very practical and and long overdue however, how do you go about to get a specific quote?


  18. Johann Liebenberg

    If road safety is the concern I feel that the DoT should rather look at the conditions of certain roads first before making the statement. I invite any person in the DoT to drive their expensive German Saloon Cars in the North West Province at the speed limit to see if the tyres and rims on that vehicle will make the trip. I often encounter a number of Heavy Commercial Vehicles on these roads and I must say that I have a lot of emphaty for the drivers of these vehicles on that roads. As if driving a truck tractor with interlink trailer and full legal payload is not dangerous and difficult enough, they are also subjected to deal with road surfaces that is totally substandard and dangerous. Driving in the North West Province I more often than not encounter roads which have no more tar surfaces and have enormous potholes. It almost feels as if I am driving through a war stricken country to say the least. The DoT needs to make sure that issues on the table are cleared first before any potential economy cripling regulations are even discussed. I would also further encourage the DoT to investigate what the transport world is all about before enforcing any restrictions. The proposed times are far fetched and will have absolutley no significant impact in ensuring safer roads.

  19. Good Day I am a Diesel mechanic with over thirty five years experience, were I see a problem in today’s word is with the electronics, on the new diesels you have to specialise on one model . So when you work on a model you do not know you are working in the dark. Also it is impossible to work without a diagnostic tool. This eliminates many people out of the diesel market.

  20. Well done GUD!!
    Intellectual property theft is a serious offence

  21. I agree with this article, after my friend was involved in a very serious accident that got one person paralyzed because of “shooting the red”, I now stop and observe even if the robot is green for me. Lucky for my friend the culprit is the one on a wheelchair.

  22. Colt Transport already implemented and standardized this hi-tech technology in 2014 already .

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  24. MiWay may shoot themselves in the foot, because as an Insurer, you may not tell the clients which Tracking system to install- there is a fine line where you can or can not tell a client whom they must deal with or what to do. They should instead link to all Tracking companies and give the clients the option to select which one- is this not a better way to do it? just asking.

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