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TruckX 2017: What to expect and what you’ll miss if you don’t go

Network, engage and hear from respected thought-leaders in transport, addressing the key issues that could boost your logistics business. 


Diana Albertyn, 04 July 2017  Share  0 comments  Print


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The past two decades has seen some necessary change in the transport industry. Road transport remains the dominant means to move large volumes from A to B in southern Africa. Not only is transport an essential service that drives the economy, it also impacts everyday life. 

So, how can you identify issues, address concerns and apply trends, in an industry that affects all South Africans and businesses? Networking in single place – at this year’s TruckX convention at the Kyalami circuit in Johannesburg.

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TAKE NOTE

This year sees the addition of South Africa’s premium fleet and light commercial vehicle expo, FleetX to the event. “FleetX is an ideal platform for fleet owners to explore alternatives, learn about the latest developments and engage with new technologies. The addition of FleetX also widens TruckX’s appeal to include fleet owners who operate light commercial vehicles,” says John Thomson of SA Trade Promotions.


Seek smart logistics strategies 

“The ability of an organisation to sustain market position through its traditional business model and strategy has become increasingly challenging,” explains Kate Stubbs, managing executive at Barloworld Logistics. “Adapting to a new reality is critical.”

Performance-Based Standards or ‘smart trucking’ is a concept you need to get familiar with and apply if you want to operate efficiently and smartly. There are about 60 smart trucks in operation in South Africa, mainly within the lumber and mining industries.

Another 30 smart trucks have been implemented in transporting other commodities. But, what’s the difference between what you have now and these trucks?

“The objective of smart truck technology for heavy commercial vehicles is essentially to reduce vehicle trips and improve the safety performance of the truck when fully laden. Smart truck technology also ensures less damage is done to the road infrastructure and the improved fuel efficiency of these vehicles also ensures a reduction in the amount of carbon emissions, says the CSIR’s Paul Nordengen. “This technology will improve the overall performance of the heavy commercial vehicles used in South Africa. “ 

The importance of truck safety compliance 

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Heavy vehicle overloading and road safety are major problems on South African roads. Despite enforcement efforts by the road and traffic authorities, overloading continues to cause premature road deterioration, driver fatigue and an increase in South Africa’s poor road safety record. 

Adrian van Tonder, RTMS (Road Transport Management System) National Steering Committee chairperson explains that since 2007, the number RTMS certified vehicles on South Africa’s roads has increased from from 74 to over 8000. 

“It’s (RTMS) proving an important tool to manage fleets efficiently and cost-effectively with many case studies to back up the success of the roll-out,” says Van Tonder, particularly noting that RTMS standards has resulted in noticeable reductions in overloading in all the industries where it has been implemented. 

Related: Transport specialists shed light on SA’s rising tide of unroadworthy trucks

The benefits of clean fuel to the transport industry 

In March 2017, the African Refiners Association (ARA) agreed to lower the limits of sulphur allowed in diesel and gasoline by 2020. “Apart from the obvious health benefits, it will also ensure a longer lifespan for vehicles. We shouldn’t wait, though. This is a genuine opportunity to move to clean fuels and clean vehicles,” says Hyacinthe Nare, from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). 

The ICCT’s Global Sulphur Strategy, backed by the UN Environment Programme, aims to reduce the small particulate and black carbon emissions from the global on-road diesel fleet through the introduction of low-sulphur fuels and cleaner diesel vehicle standards. 

Barriers to clean fuel are substantial, adds Nare, but that the benefits greatly exceeded the costs. If you’d like to know more about this issue and others affecting transporters and fleet operators like you, you should attend TruckX 2017 on July 12 and 13 at the Kyalami racing circuit.


CONSIDER THIS

The TruckX agenda – now expanded to two days – continues this year with a host of topical matters and speakers lined-up. Day one, the TruckX Conference, focuses on heavy commercial transport, while Day Two, the FleetX equivalent, is dedicated to issues affecting the fleet industry.

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