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Vic OliverVic Oliver

One of this country’s most respected commercial vehicle industry authorities, VIC OLIVER has been in this industry for over 50 years. Before joining the FOCUS team, he spent 15 years with Nissan Diesel (now UD Trucks), 11 years with Busaf and seven years with International.


Vaughan MostertVaughan Mostert

Vaughan Mostert is a senior lecturer in the Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management at the University of Johannesburg. He developed a love for public transport early in life, which led to a lifelong academic interest in the subject. Through Hopping Off, Mostert leaves readers with some parting food for thought as he continues his push for change in the local public transport industry.





0 #3 Guest 2015-02-18 09:40
I find the standard of driving tuition in South Africa of a very poor standard. I passed both my passenger and HGV Class 1 (equivalent to EC which I currently hold) in the U K.

Firstly no driving instructor for light, heavy or PSV vehicles can practice until they have completed training and passed the course operated by the RTITB. The HGV Test lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. First comes a questioning session on the vehicle prior to a manoeuvring test on test ground; reversing a vehicle from one cone box to another round a central cone The course being in the shape of an S with the rear of the vehicle or trailer ending within a half-metre box. To touch a cone is an immediate failure.

Then follows the emergency stop followed by a minimum of two hours on the road. The last phase is questions on the highway code. Failure can take place at any time. The P S V licence for passenger vehicles is a totally separate test and the subject of a separate licence.

Richard Whitehead
0 #2 MrGuest 2014-08-03 21:21
Greetings, I am having a motorhome built on an Isuzu NPS 300 4x4 chassis. As this is a tilt cab, the rectangular box protrudes about 300 mm above the cab. Where can I get a wind deflector to improve the airflow from the cab over the box. The objective is to improve fuel consumption.

0 #1 Guest 2010-06-30 10:40
Hi there

I just have a question concerning the legislation on marker lights on my Tautliner. I have a Volvo horse and a 6m and 12m trailer. So far we have done the reflective tape thing and we make sure all the lights and indicators work 100% before every trip. I will just feel more secure putting a few marker lights (LED) on there as well. I contacted Hazard Bonako and they have a wide variaty of lights available, but which are accepted by our traffic departments? Can I put any colour on there and where must it be placed? I could not find any real help from my local traffic department.

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