Nissan Diesel tops
We’re into the start of the second half of the year and interesting to note is that Nissan Diesel - which is
changing its name to UD Trucks - has led the field in terms of truck
exports for the year to date.
Paul for president
Hats off to Paul Nordengen,
Research Group Leader: Network Asset Management Systems, CSIR Built
Environment, on being elected president of the International Forum for Road
Transport Technology at a recent meeting held in Melbourne, Australia.
Tools to help operators
FleetWatch has over many years
highlighted the issue of the serious driver shortage facing the industry. It
therefore comes as welcomed news that Foresight Publications, headed by Ken
Ramsden, has come out with two new products designed as tools to assist
operators in coping with the driver shortage problem.
Giving credit where it is due
In a demonstration
of Sasol’s recognition of global concerns regarding green house gas emissions
(GHG) that contribute to climate change, the local oil giant donated over 127
925 carbon credits valued at R1-million to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising
Committee South Africa (2010 LOC) to help offset the soccer tournament’s
For those of
you who haven’t heard, the implementation of the
AARTO Act, originally set for the metropolitan authorities of Ekurhuleni,
eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and the City of Cape Town on 1 July 2010 - and
on 1 November 2010 countrywide - has been postponed. “We vow to ensure that
the AARTO is implemented successfully in this financial year, ending 31 March
2011,” says the Road Traffic Management Corporation. Mmmmm!!!
400 Dead in fuel tanker infernos
The 2010 soccer
world cup ended in death by fire for over 230 people in the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo when a fuel tanker exploded and incinerated the tents in
which they were watching the game between Brazil and Nederland.
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The Department of
Environmental Affairs and Tourism, looks set to enforce Euro 4 vehicle
emissions standards in 2014 - leapfrogging Euro 3.
Daimler Trucks storms US market
Daimler Trucks North
America (DTNA) are to invest
around $200 million (R1.5 billion) in Detroit Diesel’s US engine
plant substantially expanding production capacity.
Detroit Diesel’s fuelefficient engines with BlueTec technology
are taking a pioneering role within the North American trucking
industry when it comes to complying with US emissions standard
EPA 2010. DTNA is the current leading supplier of EPA
2010-compliant Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.
Bilateral transport agreements
has ratified an
agreement on transport of goods and passengers with Tanzania and
Zambia that harmonises fees to be paid by transport operators.
The Mozambican government
agreements will promote free circulation of people and goods in
the territories of the three countries, develop a strong and
competitive transport industry and guarantee a fair distribution
of road traffic between the three countries.
Mozambican government expects the agreements to promote the
correct use of the existing transport infrastructures, ensure
that fees are charged on a nondiscriminatory basis and provide
adequate levels of public safety in road transport. The
bilateral agreements do not replace previously signed agreements
at the level of the Southern African Development community
Did you know?
Oil and Gas Journal (O&GJ), in
January this year South Africa had proven oil reserves of 15
million barrels. All of these reserves are located offshore of
South Africa in the Bredasdorp basin and off the west coast of
the country near the border with Namibia.
South African oil
consumption is estimated to be 575 000 barrels per day (bpd) of
which approximately 380 000 bpd is imported (67% of
consumption). According to the Global Trade Atlas, the majority
of South African oil imports are from Saudi Arabia and Iran
followed by Nigeria and Angola.
Eco-drivers a no go
The British Freight
(FTA) has rejected the Department of Transport's proposal for
eco-driving training to become a mandatory part of the Driver
Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). The FTA says
management of driver behaviour is more important than
supplementary driver training which should be used as the last
resort after fleet management options have been fully
investigated. Source: Reeds Business Information.
Hot in the cold
Freezing cold temperatures
of up to minus 30˚C
during intensive handling
tests on sheet ice, compacted snow and public roads were the
conditions faced by the prototype of the Mercedes-Benz Vito with
battery-electric drive when it successfully undertook and passed
a series of the harsh winter tests near the polar circle.
Despite being limited to a top speed of 80 km/h, the Vito with
electric drive must pass the same tests which a
combustion-engined Vito has to endure. The whisper-quiet,
zero-emission van will now face endurance tests in the Alps, in
the heat of Spain and also on other continuous operation routes.
The Vito with
battery-electric drive is the world's first van available with
an electric-drive system ex factory. The drive is designed to
run on battery power and dispenses with a combustion engine. The
Vito’s range averages 130 km with no loss in terms of payload or
load volume compared to a conventional Vito.
The bell will toll
travel and pure
bliss during the World Cup but truckers will start paying
for using the new roads around Gauteng next year.
Truckers in Gauteng
should know by
October exactly how much they will pay per kilometre to travel
on Gauteng’s new and improved freeways. This is when the
Minister of Transport is expected to approve a tolling model
provided by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral).
Sanral say the numbers bandied about since 2007 varied between
50 c/km to 65 c/km for passenger cars rising to R3,50/km for
Construction of the overhead toll gantries of the open-road
tolling system (ORT) has been underway for some time already.
Tolling on the 185 km of roads which make up the first part of
the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) will start in
April 2011 and will make use of 42 gantries. Fleet operators and
private motorists can start registering for using the system in
Vehicles using Gauteng freeways will be required to buy an
electronic toll tag at a major retail chain or dedicated kiosk.
This must be registered at a call centre or by going on-line and
loading money onto the tag before entering the road system.
roll-out of the GFIP is likely to be followed up by urban
tolling in Cape Town, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Sasol's China project
is awaiting a
decision from the Chinese central government whether or
not it will give the go-ahead for a large scale coal-
o-oil project. On completion, the joint-venture between
Sasol, the world’s largest manufacturer of oil-from-coal,
and a leading Chinese coal producer, will manufacture
around 100 000 barrels per day.
Asian vehicle manufacturers
treated to a presentation of East London’s Industrial
Development Zone's (ELIDZ's) proposed new multi-vehicle
assembly plant in October this year.
Investment Holdings, which consulted on the project, say
the overall plant is to provide a facility where different
vehicle brands can be built using common amenities such as
paint shop, body shop and trim and assembly lines.
provide the facilities and a professional vehicle
assembler will be contracted to build the vehicles. If all
goes according to plan, the new plant will come on stream
East London may
soon be home to a
number of different vehicle manufacturers who will
share a single facility.
Jail time for heavy smokers
Zimbabwean truck drivers and motorists found
operating vehicles emitting excessive levels of carbon dioxide
could soon find themselves behind bars thanks to a nationwide
clampdown initiated by the Zimbabwean Environmental Management
receive a R200 fine while second offenders face three months in
jail without the option of a fine. Vehicles found emitting
harmful exhaust emissions will be taken off the roads until they
EMA education and
publicity manager, Steady Kangata, says the operation will help
highlight the dangers of pollution.
Hyundai South Africa is set to introduce
four and eight-ton trucks into South Africa to complement its
current range of commercial vehicles. Word has it that the
company may open a separate commercial vehicle head office as
well as a number of selected specialised commercial vehicle
dealerships so as to place greater focus and accent on the
commercial vehicle market in South Africa.