Clinton Savage (left), head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Rowlands Peters (right), head of FleetBoard South Africa, hand Marshall Hendricks his winner’s prize – a trip to Germany – for coming first in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers' League competition.
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South African tops the FleetBoard Drivers’ League 2015

Three cheers to Marshall Hendricks, a local South African truck driver from Imperial Fast ‘n Fresh, who beat a total of 19 438 drivers from 359 companies in 18 countries to take top honours in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers’ League

Although no all-new Hino models will be introduced in 2016, there will be changes to most models. All three model ranges – the 300, 500 and 700 – will be fitted with government-legislated speed limiters in the course of the year, starting in the third quarter while the 500-Series will get ABS brakes with a change from air/hydraulic to full air for the 1326 model. Euro 3 engines will replace Euro 2 power units in the 500-Series heavy truck range at this time.
Hino SA aims for top truck brand by 2020
Volvo Trucks has incorporated a number of features in its heavy duty truck range geared to take on the demanding terrain and extreme operating conditions of the African continent. One of these is a new rear air suspension for the Volvo FMX with a driven front axle (4x4, 6x6, 8x6 and 10x6). This solution gives the truck high ground clearance, excellent traction and outstanding driving comfort – especially when unladen.
Volvo Trucks gears up for tough operating conditions
This impressive aerial view shows what 101 Actros trucks look like when grouped together. It was this fleet that was handed over to Bakers SA Limited by Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the Shongweni Equestrian Club last week. That’s one ‘moebi’ order.
MBSA hands over 101 Actros trucks to Bakers
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FleetWatch was launched in 1993 initially as a fleet risk management journal, and has since evolved into a trucking magazine covering all aspects of the trucking industry with the primary focus on the “issues” facing modern day truckers. The magazine operates under a banner of independent and objective journalism while striving to elevate the trucking industry onto a platform of high priority within the context of the South African economy. We regard ourselves as partners in the industry rather than just mere reporters on the business of trucking. Our prime readership target is aimed at management operating in all areas of transport - ‘professional haulage’ for reward as well as ancillary operators who run transport as part of their overall operations. Many companies have followed the modern trend of outsourcing their transport and the suppliers of such services are also addressed as our target audience. We also get to product suppliers and service providers. The latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures (January - June 2009) certifies our current distribution at 5 050 copies per month. FleetWatch was voted by the Specialist Press Association as South Africa’s Best Transport magazine six years in a row - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999. The magazine has won 60 awards for publishing and journalistic excellence since its launch in 1993 - the most ever won by any magazine in the history of MPASA. (Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa). To get in touch with us, please make use of the FEEDBACK form posted on our site or call us on +27 11 794 2490 – we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, we leave you with the highest Irish wish: “May the wind be always at your back”. Keep on Trucking, Patrick O’Leary Publisher and Managing Editor
FleetwatchApril 27, 2016 at 8:32pm
April 27th: Please try not to laugh as there is some tragedy involved here with the two front occupants of the police van recovering in hospital. News SA carried the story today of a Limpopo policeman who crashed a police van while “getting blown by a magosha.” I quote from the story: “Mr Collin Mkhwanazi was on duty from 6:00pm on Tuesday and he was reported to be on his way from a crime scene when the incident happened. This happened with the criminal he arrested still in the back of the police van. It is said that the accident happened around 5:15am in Lephalale, Limpopo. When paramedics got to the place where the incident happened, they found the prostitute unresponsive with the officer’s private parts still her mouth. It is unclear what really caused the accident because there were no other witnesses when it happened. (May I suggest distraction driving?).The criminal in the back of the van did not want to comment. It happened about 2 kilometers from Makhoneng, a place known for drugs and prostitutes. The local hospital has confirmed that the two are recovering and a case has been opened.” Picture and story sourced from News SA.
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Fleetwatch added 2 new photos.April 27, 2016 at 7:39pm
April 27th: A truck driver was killed and a passenger injured in a collision that took place on the Khutsong road between Khutsong and Welverdiend, Carletonville area earlier this afternoon. ER24 paramedics, provincial paramedics and other services arrived on the scene and found that a truck and car were involved in the collision. The truck had rolled and landed on its roof. The car was found close by. Both the driver of the truck and a passenger in the truck, both men believed to be in their 30's, were trapped. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the driver. He sustained multiple severe injuries. He was declared dead. The passenger sustained minor injuries. Fire and Rescue had to use the jaws of life and other equipment to extricate the men. The passenger was treated and transported to the Carletonville Hospital for further medical care. The occupants of the car, both women, were uninjured. The exact cause of the incident is unknown but authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
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Fleetwatch added 2 new photos.April 27, 2016 at 7:53am
April 27th: I cannot believe it - but maybe I can. In the same place on the N3 near Pietermaritsberg on Towns Hill where a tanker crashed into a number of construction vehicles on Monday resulting in the death of two people, a truck went over this morning. Sadly one person died in this morning's crash. The road had to - once again - be closed for the recovery to take place. RIP.
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Fleetwatch added 12 new photos.April 26, 2016 at 12:28pm
April 26th 14h20: The trucks on the N3 started moving late morning after being backed up since yesterday afternoon for many kilometres as a result of the road being closed due to the tanker crash near Pietermaritzburg. However, it is still extremely slow going with hundreds of trucks backed up as a result of the crash. These pictures of the queue below were taken about half an hour ago by one of our truck driver friends who has been in the queue for hours. What is of concern, as the pictures below (in the side mirror) show, is the number of trucks using the third lane to jump the queue. That lane is off limits to trucks and is supposed to be for the use of cars only. The problem is that many drivers are ignoring this and using that lane to jump the queue. To all owners and operators, we urge you to get the message to your drivers not to jump the queue. Things are bad enough as they are and the drivers who are adhering to the law and sticking to the truck designated lanes are getting peeved off. Let’s not have another incident that holds up the traffic once again.
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