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Past Issues

June 2003


Remember December...
FleetWatch was privileged over the Easter holiday period to link hands with the AA and the Road Accident Fund in a road safety campaign which gained wide recognition and had tremendous impact.



Iron fist to crush overloaded trucks...
The gloves have come off in the fight against overloaded trucks and the authorities are preparing to throw the book at the offenders writes Andrew Parker.


A load too far...
When Paul Nordengen read a report of how a truck driver in charge of a truck weighing 105 490 kg got away with a R2 000 fine, something inside of him snapped. It was time for action.


For whom the loads toll...
Toll concessionaires are obliged to maintain the roads under their care in pristine condition before they are handed back to the state after a 30-year contract period.

Action taken to revoke permits...
In last month's edition, we reported that three drivers of Zambian registered vehicles were fined R10 000 each for gross overloading. Guess what? The same company has been at it again....PLUS MORE

Lighten up with BUSAF BAUER...
Increased vigilance against overloading by traffic authorities could not have come at a better time for Busaf Bauer which, in the words of marketing manager Cliff Marks, is on a witch-hunt to reduce the overall mass of its range of trailer products writes Andrew Parker.

The Driver off the hook...
There is a lot of flak flying around in the industry regarding unfair and completely unreasonable prosecuting and even arresting of truck drivers for alleged offences - particularly overloading - over which they have little or no control.


LegislationWatch

New laws ahead...
Dave Scott, our technical correspondent, highlights pertinent information emanating from Alta Swanepoel's annual 'Legislation Workshops'. Let all take note.


DriverHours

Time off - for 3.8 hours a day!...
Can anyone function effectively in any job on 3.8 hours sleep a day? If the enquiry that came across the desk of editor Patrick O'Leary is true, that's what one truck driver has been expected to do. 


USEDTRUCKS
A Special FleetWath feature

Quo Vadis...
It has been interesting times for the local used truck market over the past two years. Andrew Parker speaks to some of Gauteng's used truck dealers to get a handle on how the market is performing.


Second hand news...
Adolf Moosbauer of MAN Truck & Bus (SA) airs his views on what he feels is behind the sustained activity in the used truck market and what this means for the industry at large.


Traffic authorities are out of sync...
A major problem
in the used truck business lies not in selling the trucks but rather in getting the authorities into gear to process the documents.

Empowerment

A new road to the future...
We report on an empowerment initiative under the umbrella of the N3TC that is serving to uplift communities living alongside the N3.

An uplifting comparison...
A colleague's recent trip to Angola serves to give our readers a slightly different perspective of our situation and shows that we have much to celebrate.


GRW cares as it grows...
A group of guys who FleetWatch labelled the 'new kids on the block' back in 1999 have grown up. Not only are they market leaders locally but they are now taking their tankers overseas.

WorldWatch...
Our regular series in which Frank Beeton keeps readers up to date with what is happening on the world's trucking stage

CELEBRATE TRUCKING

Made in SA...
As part of our 'Lets Celebrate Trucking' campaign, FleetWatch introduces a new section aimed at enabling companies to promote and boast of their South Africa components and products. Don't hide your local links - put them in the spotlight for all to see.

IT'S SNOW TIME!...
ARE YOU READY?

The onset of winter brings a new set of risks associated with long distance driving - like snow -  a fairly new weather phenomenon in SA!

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