In a world that has not yet fully recovered from a financial recession, how many new trucks and buses will be sold in South Africa in 2011?
VIC OLIVER recently spent a morning with Tracey Lee Visser, the station commander at Kibler Park Fire Station, discovering what motivates this determined woman, who loves her job and working with her team of firefighters in a male-dominated industry.
Vehicle productivity is the key to ensuring that your new commercial vehicle has the ability to generate an earning. So, when buying a new vehicle, carefully examine all the factors that affect its productivity.
When selecting a new vehicle it is wise to take cognisance of the forces that impede a vehicle’s ability to perform. One also needs to endeavour to minimise the effects of these forces, suggests VIC OLIVER.
No transport operator can afford to have a single vehicle off the road, let alone several, for any length of time. A competent in-house risk and safety manager with clout is needed to ensure unnecessary breakdowns and accidents are kept to an absolute minimum.
Increasing numbers of skilled truck drivers are involved in accidents as a result of Aids-related illnesses and fatigue. The time is long overdue for all road transport industry role players to confront this harsh reality by assessing and helping to manage the wellness of their drivers.
2010 looks set to be a challenging year for road transport operators. Unless transport companies can take steps to reduce road traffic congestion and endeavour to lower running costs by operating more efficiently, their profit margins are going to be eroded
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