Author:charleen-clarke

Face to face with Scania’s Fabio Souza

Face to face with Scania’s Fabio Souza September 21, 2020 The South African transport industry has probably never experienced more turbulent trading conditions. CHARLEEN CLARKE goes face to face with Fabio Souza, managing director of Scania Southern Africa, to ask him – amongst other things – what the company is doing to support local operators. Please tell us a little about your career and how it has prepared you for your current role as MD Scania Southern Africa I started […]

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A legend steps down

A legend steps down September 21, 2020 After 17 years with FOCUS, Vic Oliver has decided to hang up his writing hat. It is thus that, with a heavy heart, we’re saying goodbye to an absolute legend There are some people who will always be in my heart. Vic is one of them. Over the past 17 years, we have obviously had a strong professional relationship – he was, after all, an integral part of the FOCUS team – but […]

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Drivers are trucking Covid to Botswana – really?

Drivers are trucking Covid to Botswana – really? August 15, 2020 Truck drivers are the arch-enemy of the people of Botswana right now. Because, along with all the other provisions they’re taking to the country, they’re also trucking Covid-19 into Botswana. That’s the accusation. I decided to dig a little deeper and find out if this is, in fact, reality Many years ago, truck drivers were blamed for spreading HIV/Aids on our continent. Now, fingers are being pointed at them […]

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A bloodbath is looming!

A bloodbath is looming! July 9, 2020 If certain individuals have their way, lots of truck drivers will be murdered this month Recently, we received a message on WhatsApp. I am reproducing it here – warts, English errors and all. Attention! We are concerned South African Truck drivers. Fellow South Africans we will like to inform you once again about the upcoming shut down on the 07/07/2020 called by south african truck operators and all working sectors in private sector. […]

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Iveco presents its new racing trucks

Iveco presents its new racing trucks June 30, 2020 Iveco has lifted the lid on its new S-Way R racing trucks that have been specially prepared for Team Hahn Racing and Team Schwabentruck. The reveal took place on the test rack at Iveco’s heavy-duty truck manufacturing and research and development centre in Ulm, Germany. Drivers Jochen Hahn from Team Hahn Racing and Steffi Halm from Team Schwabentruck put their new trucks through their paces on the test track, demonstrating the […]

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Troubled times for US truck market

Troubled times for US truck market June 30, 2020 In the United States of America, 2019 was an excellent year for heavy-duty truck sales, but 2020 looks uncertain for two reasons: the economic slowdown and the consequences of Covid-19, as GIANENRICO GRIFFINI and CHARLEEN CLARKE report. There are eight different weight-based commercial vehicle classes in the United States (US). Light-duty trucks fall into Classes 1 and 2, medium-duty trucks are categorised Classes 3 to 6 and heavy-duty trucks fall into […]

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Tokyo gets emission-free ambulance

Nissan and the Tokyo Fire Department have announced a new addition to the ambulance fleet of the Ikebukuro branch – Japan’s first Nissan NV400 Zero Emission (EV) ambulance. The project is the result of a collaboration between Nissan, the Tokyo Fire Department and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. “Nissan strongly believes in sustainable mobility and strives to contribute to a world with zero emissions and zero fatalities,” says Ashwani Gupta, representative executive officer and chief operation officer at Nissan. “This project […]

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MAN TopUsed: right place, right time

Given the country’s economic woes (and that of transport operators, too), there has never been a better time to buy a used truck. And, as CHARLEEN CLARKE reveals, MAN TopUsed is the perfect place to go shopping. MAN TopUsed has been on a roll for some time. Back in 2015, MAN’s used-truck division sold a mere 420 trucks. And last year? A whopping 971! The reason why is quite simple. TopUsed offers an enticing product offering, namely quality used trucks […]

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Hail our unsung heroes

The past months have been traumatic for us all. But, for some people, doing their jobs during the pandemic has meant potential infection – each and every day. Recently I came across a very touching Facebook post by a British chap called Brian Wilson. It touched me deeply and made me think. This is his post (I’ve quoted it verbatim, warts and all): Ok, I don’t work for the NHS (National Health Service) and am not a carer. I just work […]

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Ecopia H002 helps fleets lower TCO

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, has announced the launch of its latest generation of fuel-efficient Ecopia tyres. Applying an innovative pattern concept and newly developed compound technology, the new Ecopia H002 tyres enable long-haul fleets to reduce their total cost of ownership through best-in-class fuel efficiency – with no compromise on mileage. They also achieve outstanding wet-weather performance and offer year-round convenience through full compliance with European winter legislations. Best in class As it accounts for 30 percent […]

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