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Monday, November 19, 2018

Electronic logs a boon for trailer makers

South African truckers don't need shipping lanes to delay them, a crash on the N3 will do.
Implementation of electronic logging devices in the U.S. earlier in 2018 has made cheating a lot harder than drivers used to when they kept their hours on paper.
This has led a shortage of trailers as third-party logistics and full-service trucking firms now add drop-and-hook trailers to allow drivers to leave loaded trailers waiting for pickup along shipping lanes, and not waste their paid hours just sitting there.
“This is being done to make the current driver population more productive and to move goods as fast as possible in a demanding freight market,” said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR Transportation Intelligence.

Almost a good idea

A good idea up to the point where the high revolutions of the wheel-washing machine spin the clothes apart. 
Two Iranese students has an idea to adapt a truck's wheel hub to double as a washing machine.
Masoud Sistani and Mohammad Ghasemi, both from the Art University of Isfahan, They displayed their idea the 2018 Global Grad Show hosted in Dubai.
They call it the C.Mile, and proudly explained it will help Iran's long distance drivers tumble

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Merc's new super bakkie

Dewald Barnard watches as the Unimog pull his Rovic Leers 12-row planter.
WITH the launch of the Unimog 529 in Winterton yesterday, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has returned this popular all-terrain tourer to its agricultural roots.
The first Unimogs were developed as self-powered farm implements in post-war Germany, where the tiny runabouts did everything from harvesting potatoes in muddy fields to power water pumps.
Up to 1947, those first little Unimogs used a Merc engine that made only 19 kW (25-hp).

Two vehicles that run on sunshine

The Screecher is actually a very quiet PedalCycle.
TWO companies have developed vehicles than run on sunlight instead of the fossil fuels that both Russia and Iran now want to pump less of, in order to charge us even more for each litre.

Screecher’s quiet pedalcycle

From Yarmouth, in Maine in the U.S. comes the Screecher, a pedalcycle with a range extender called a human on the pedals. Its two electric motors can power the Schreecher from 0 to 25 km/h in five seconds, it has all-wheel drive and diffs front and rear and the 12,8 Ah, 48 V lithium-ion battery also charges with regenerative braking. Thanks to electric torque and its all-wheel drive it can be used to

Nissan taps into Ghana's growth

ACCRA, Ghana – Nissan has committed to working with the government of Ghana to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in the country.
The company will also make Ghana its hub for sales and marketing in West Africa. The announcements were made on November 6 in Accra, where Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s minister of trade and industry, and Mike Whitfield, managing director of Nissan Group of Africa, signed a memorandum of understanding.
Nissan aims to be the first carmaker to assemble vehicles in Ghana, building on its market leadership in the country. Nissan models accounted for 32.8% of vehicle sales in Ghana last year. The company’s cars, pickups and SUVs are sold through a national network of six sales and service outlets.
“Nissan is the most popular auto brand in Ghana because the quality of our products and services has won the trust of our customers,” Whitfield said.
He mooted that Ghana next needed to estblish a long-term automotive industrial development policy to give investors further confidence in Ghana,
“Properly administered automotive development policies can bring about structural economic change in a short time. We’ve seen this happening with our plants in South Africa and Nigeria,” Whitfield said.
South Africa last month sold 51 866 cars and exported another 34 134, of which Volkswagen sent the highest number of vehicles onto the RoRo boats, exporting 7 295 units.
In South Africa, Nissan’s on average sold over 4 380 units and exported over 4 700 in the last quarter.
But while SA’s sales are growing in single digits, Ghana’s vehicle sales have been growing steadily at an annual rate of about 10% and now stand at about 9 150 vehicles a year, giving a lot of scope for growth in a nation of over 28 million people.
Such is the scope for growth, religious entrepreneur Safo Kantanka have started assembling “Katanka” SUVs, which seling from 85 000 Ghanaian cedi, or about R250 000,, with a three year warranty.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hero driver pulls over while having heart attack

Johan Buys (55) managed to pull over his truck and engage the brake while suffering a fatal heart attack. He was found dead with the engine still running. Mooi paaie daar bo!
The SA Long-distance Truckers (Salt) said a driver who manage to steer his truck into the emergency lane while suffering a fatal heart attack is a hero.
The driver, Johan Buys (55), was found slumped over the steering wheel with the engine still idling, his rig stopped neatly on the shoulder of the N4 offramp to Bronkhorspruit.
“My dad promised my mom ... that anytime, it doesn’t matter where it is, when he’s not feeling well, he needs to pull over,” his daughter Zena told News24 yesterday.
“And that is what he did.”
She said she was not surprised to hear that he had thought of the welfare of others. “That is my dad.”
He had spoken to his wife Hannetjie on November 8, and later someone told the family they had seen his truck parked on the side of the road.
Zena said that the outpouring of appreciation for his actions would have surprised her father.
“He was always saying get off Facebook. Now he is all over Facebook,” she said. 
She paid tribute to her father as a “fun person” with a passion for cooking and trucking.
Many of her childhood memories are filled with driving in the cab with him, listening to the Elvis Presley songs he loved.
When he had free time he loved to cook -- especially curries and potjies.
And then there were the days when he would simply say to her:
“Come meisiekind. Let’s go and braai.”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

300 drivers dismissed unfairly?

Arnoux Maré, MD of Innovative Staffing Solutions.
LAST week’s dismissal of 300 drivers who allegedly tested positive for cannabis use by a Pretoria-based outsourcing company raised a lot of questions from more scrupulous fleet managers.
Arnoux MarĂ©, MD of Innovative Staffing Solutions, said in a media statement a truck driver “under the influence of cannabis can be likened to a non-coherent person barrelling a 60-tonne missile down the road at 80 to 100km per hour”.
But when asked in writing which test was used, how this influence manifested, and what cannaboids were found, the company did not reply. This may be because, other than seeing someone obviously stoned with red eyes and droopy lids, there is as yet no reliable test to show if a person is “under the influence” of cannabis.
This is because the metabolite that is tested for enters a person’ fat, from where it is released into the bloodstream for up to six weeks after now legally using cannabis in private.
While persons will test positive for cannabis weeks after use, they are no longer “under the incluence”, whatever this may mean in a court of law. Comparative driving tests of drivers who smoked cannabis during these tests also consistently deliver mixed results, with regular users showing no or very little impaired driving.