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May 2002


Tata star rises....
Tata is on the move and if the quality of guest at the opening of the Johannesburg and East Rand Tata dealership in Boksburg North is any indication of things to come, then this company is sure to reach high levels writes Andrew Parker. But there is more to being a leading player than having a swish party.



A FleetWatch Special EnviroWatch feature


Get Green- Save Fuel...
A special FleetWatch feature highlighting fuel savings not only as a contributor to a healthier bottom line but also as the transport industry's contribution to a cleaner environment. This special feature includes a fuel savings tips poster which shows that in addition to monitoring and controlling fuel dispensing and refuelling procedures, there are a host of means available whereby vehicle fuel consumption can be reduced. Follow these to become a fuel-efficient company and inadvertently, a trucking 'Greenie'.

Start at the Top...
The amount of fuel consumed by any particular vehicle depends on a variety of factors. These cover the type of operation involved, the load factors, the route profile, the size and type of vehicle as well as its age and level of operational efficiency - to mention but a few. Perhaps most important of all, however, is the level of the driver's skill as well as his attitude and approach to driving writes Andrew Parker. 

Preventing fuel leakages...
The local fuel and oil industry under the auspices of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) and the Oil Industry Environment Committee (OIEC)* has been quite pro-active in its approach to leak prevention and minimising the environmental impact at service stations around the country. 

Scepticism but...maybe?...
In the worldwide effort to reduce fuel consumption on vehicles, a number of innovative 'gizmos' and 'gadgets' have been developed as after-market add-ons by enterprising individuals. One such invention is the Diesel Economiser (DE), a home-grown product invented by Bob Logan of Fuel Management Systems. While scepticism still reigns in many circles around such products, it seems the Diesel Economiser is making inroads.

Fresh Air on the Horizon...
While the South African government has not yet regulated vehicle exhaust emission laws, it is only a matter of time before it does. This is the good news from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs as well as from Naamsa and the South African Bureau of Standards writes Andrew Parker. 

Linking Hands to save SA Fuel...
The Government expects to save around R30-million in annual fuel costs through the installation of an electronic fuel management system to its 50 000 strong vehicle fleet. In addition, better management of fuel consumption will result in a reduction in the number of litres used, which, in turn, will have a positive impact on the environment.

CUMMINS OK BUT CAT LOOKS FOR DELAY...
The Cummins ISX/Signature 600 diesel engine is the first heavy-duty engine in the world to achieve certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stating that it meets critical new American emission control standards. Caterpillar, on the other hand, is seeking a delay on the October 2002 compliance deadline.

WANTED A culture of Preventative maintenance...
A tried and tested method of reducing fuel consumption remains straightforward: It lies in preventative maintenance of the fuel system. So says Frank Testa, MD of DPA Diesel, diesel fuel system engineers.

Debugging fuel...
Every now and again the media is awash with reports on the harmful effects of the high sulphur content of South African diesel. However according to Ron Mattig, MD of Clear Fuel Technologies, (CFT), if we removed this nefarious substance from our diesel, we would be in even worse trouble. 

DIESEL FUMES AND YOU...
Why should transporters go all out to reduce fuel consumption from an environmental point of view? That's easy. Carbon monoxide is the main culprit when it comes to global warming and although you can't see nor smell it, it spews out the exhausts of trucks. There is another reason however - a more personal one. Diesel engine exhaust emissions have the potential to cause a range of health problems.

Overloading
Authorities respond...
The series on overloading carried in the February and March editions of FleetWatch has generated responses from the KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate, which gets an enormous amount of flak from operators, and the N3TC which operates and maintains the section of the N3 between Heidelberg and Cedara. Here are their thoughts on the subject


SA is well served...
The diversity of South African transport operations and the wide variety of size and spec of vehicles to suit those operations is quite mind-boggling. A number of vehicle hand-overs by Mercedes-Benz serves as a reminder that the SA trucking industry is well served by its vehicle suppliers.


Western Cape

No empty promises...
After a year and a bit of being in office, how in touch is the Western Cape MEC for Transport with the freight haulage industry? This is what our Cape correspondent, Stephanie Platt, went to find out when she paid a visit to Minister Tasneen Essop. There are no empty promises emanating from this Minister's office


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


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