Aug

Not so ‘Proudly Bidvest’

2011-08-01 19:44
Given that all signs pointed towards a heavy overload, it was taken out of the test line to be weighed. It was 9 tons overloaded.

If I was Brian Joffe, CEO of the Bidvest Group Limited, I wouldn’t be too ‘˜Proudly Bidvest’ for running the rig pictured here on public roads.

William Khumalo, field engineer for Bridgestone South Africa, checks the tyre pressures. Not only were they '˜suffering' under a heavy load but were doing so at some 350 Bar below the pressure they should have been inflated to.

William Khumalo, field engineer for Bridgestone South Africa, checks the tyre pressures. Not only were they ‘˜suffering’ under a heavy load but were doing so at some 350 Bar below the pressure they should have been inflated to.

William Khumalo, field engineer for Bridgestone South Africa, checks the tyre pressures. Not only were they '˜suffering' under a heavy load but were doing so at some 350 Bar below the pressure they should have been inflated to.

William Khumalo, field engineer for Bridgestone South Africa, checks the tyre pressures. Not only were they ‘˜suffering’ under a heavy load but were doing so at some 350 Bar below the pressure they should have been inflated to.

Operating under the Bidfreight Intermodal company name, FleetWatch went onto Bidfreight Intermodal’s website and it spelt out how the company’s City Deep operations has an owner-driver scheme for transporting import, export and domestic containers within the Gauteng region.

I quote from the site: “This scheme is part of the company’s enterprise development initiative which is designed to encourage young entrepreneurs to start up businesses of their own. The partnership allows approved individuals to provide mechanical horses, while Bidfreight Intermodal provides deliveries, trailers, parking, security and other requirements to perform local transportation efficiently.’

The first tell-tale signs of an overload were the equally under-inflated tyres , so much so that the twins on both sides of the trailer were '˜kissing'.

The first tell-tale signs of an overload were the equally under-inflated tyres , so much so that the twins on both sides of the trailer were ‘˜kissing’.

The first tell-tale signs of an overload were the equally under-inflated tyres , so much so that the twins on both sides of the trailer were '˜kissing'.

The first tell-tale signs of an overload were the equally under-inflated tyres , so much so that the twins on both sides of the trailer were ‘˜kissing’.

Combined with the other signs, the iron filings were another tell-tale sign that this rig was carrying a heavy load.

Combined with the other signs, the iron filings were another tell-tale sign that this rig was carrying a heavy load.

Not too sure about the ‘˜efficiently’ bit for the rig shown here was grossly overloaded. It may have been performing local transportation ‘˜illegally’ yes but ‘˜efficiently’ no.

The first tell-tale signs were the tyres, all equally under-inflated and battling under a heavy load. The second sign was the mud flaps which were scraping the ground.

Taking a closer look at the rear of the container we saw metal shaving and thus sent the rig to the weighbridge at the Langlaagte test centre and sure enough, it was 9 tons overloaded.

Given that all signs pointed towards a heavy overload, it was taken out of the test line to be weighed. It was 9 tons overloaded.

Given that all signs pointed towards a heavy overload, it was taken out of the test line to be weighed. It was 9 tons overloaded.

 

The second tell-tale signs of an overload were the mud-flaps which were so low they were scraping the road surface.

The second tell-tale signs of an overload were the mud-flaps which were so low they were scraping the road surface.

Unfortunately, when later looking for the rig to test its brakes and other aspects of its roadworthiness, it was nowhere to be found. We were told that the lady at the weighbridge had ‘˜used her discretion’ and let it go as the scales were not certificated. Aaaargh!

Unfortunately the rig was wrongly allowed to continue.

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