Author:vic-oliver

Jackknifes: not always the driver’s fault

While drivers of heavy articulated vehicles are often blamed when their vehicles jackknife, sometimes these incidents are beyond their control Two recent horrific road accidents in the Roodepoort area of Gauteng involving heavy-duty articulated vehicles that jackknifed and spilled their entire loads into the road, prompted me to write this article. After both accidents the roads, were closed for several hours, resulting in massive traffic delays and very frustrated motorists. The general public is always very quick to blame the […]

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Keep your truck driver healthy

Early signs of rising operating costs for heavy vehicles in 2020 are clearly evident. Truck and bus owners therefore need to take action to control and minimise these costs Road transport operators cannot always pass on rising costs to their customers. Therefore, the only way to stay ahead and continue to make a fair profit is to reduce operating costs. The best people to reduce vehicle operating costs are the men or women behind the wheel, as they have complete […]

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E-toll dilemma!

Truck operators are asking some serious questions about the future of the e-tolls The procrastination by the ANC and the other authorities involved in the decision of whether or not to scrap the Gauteng e-toll system has led to unfair competition between truck fleet owners who pay their daily Gauteng e-toll fees and those operators who refuse to pay. While law-abiding truck fleet owners pay their daily e-tolls, many truck owners have never paid and others have recently stopped paying, […]

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Key performance areas in road transport

Maintaining a competitive and profitable transport business means keeping careful watch on a host of key performance factors, says VIC OLIVER The start of the New Year is a good time for road transport operators to re-examine the management of their business’s key performance areas. Good management saves money and increases profits – but practices and processes need to be continually monitored, refreshed and upgraded, especially given the type of tough, competitive market environment that has been forecast for this […]

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Understanding permissible maximum combination mass

Overloaded goods vehicles do considerable damage to road infrastructure – but understanding how permissible maximum combination mass is determined will help truck operators to stay within the law. VIC OLIVIER explains Confusion and a lack of understanding with regard to the permissible maximum combination mass rating of a truck tractor is common in the trucking industry, since the information is not displayed on a vehicle’s data plate. The information cannot be stamped on the data plate as it is determined […]

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Benefits of advanced driving skills

Truck owners would be well advised to train their drivers in the art of advanced driving, as there are many benefits to be reaped Following recent observation of the driving skills of truck drivers, I have come to the conclusion that the majority of long-distance, extra-heavy vehicle drivers display far more professionalism than those who drive small delivery trucks. In my experience, the majority of long-distance drivers seem well versed in advanced driving skills; they abide by road traffic regulations […]

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Care is the key to vehicle longevity

Maximise the life of your truck and reap the economic rewards In the tough economic environment in which today’s road transport owners operate, it has become essential to extract the full lifespan potential from a vehicle at the lowest possible maintenance cost in order to retain a healthy profit margin and remain competitive. In order to do so, transport operators need to avoid expensive repairs to, or replacement of, major components such as engines, transmissions and drivetrains. Although it might […]

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Know your axles!

When it comes to buying an extra-heavy commercial vehicle, it’s wise to know the difference between models that feature single-axle reduction, and those that rely on hub reduction. Vic Oliver explains the difference Potential buyers of extra-heavy commercial vehicles have the choice of a variety of different models and specifications. Included in the selection is the choice between single-axle reduction and hub-reduction rear-drive axles. In order to ensure that the vehicle is suitable for the job to be undertaken, it […]

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Buying second hand

Provided the vehicle purchased is right for the job and has been well maintained, even high-mileage used trucks can prove to be exceedingly durable Good sales to customers north of the South African border are helping to keep the country’s used-truck market healthy. A number of dealers recently canvassed by FOCUS indicate that about 70 percent of sales are to customers who live outside South Africa. Although the market is supported by a wide selection of used heavy vehicles that […]

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The importance of correct vehicle loading

Overloading and incorrect load placement on a truck can be extremely dangerous, and can result in expensive mechanical repairs All truck manufacturers design their vehicles to safely carry the specified load as illustrated on the vehicle data plate. In calculating these loads, the manufacturer assumes that the operator will correctly load the vehicle with an evenly distributed load, without overloading any axle, or exceeding the maximum gross vehicle mass, or gross combination mass rating. Many heavy loads are incorrectly positioned […]

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