Focus Reporter on 05/15/2018

Still strong 17 years on

This year marks the 17-year partnership between the luxury-coach company Eldo Coaches and Scania South Africa. To celebrate this milestone, the two companies have launched a new fleet consisting of ten coaches.

Charleen Clarke on 05/14/2018

Renschler on a roll!

Andreas Renschler and Volkswagen Truck & Bus are really in the news! This has been a long time coming. So much was expected of Renschler when he joined the Volkswagen board on February 1, 2015. The company had waited for the long-serving Daimler executive for a year (he obviously had a restraint of trade in place). For a while, it seemed as though he wasn’t going to make a huge difference ... because it was business as usual...

Charleen Clarke on 05/14/2018

Road to hell

As South Africans, we all love to complain. In fact, I’m convinced it’s an official national pastime! One of our favourite topics is the bad condition of roads in South Africa...

Charleen Clarke on 05/14/2018

Wanted: self-parking trucks (please!)

When I went for my Code 14, I discovered that I’m most definitely allergic to alley docking. I have huge respect for truck drivers who do this – day in and day out. However, a recent development got me thinking: wouldn’t it be cool if all trucks could alley dock themselves?

Charleen Clarke on 05/14/2018

Volvo debuts all-electric truck

Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

Focus Reporter on 05/14/2018

eHighways – a real possibility

Electric vehicles (EVs) play an important part in reducing carbon emissions. However, with large, expensive battery packs, companies are scrambling to develop charging alternatives to make EVs more viable. FOCUS takes a look at the situation in Europe.

Jarlath Sweeney on 05/14/2018

Different solutions for different needs

JARLATH SWEENEY, editor-in-chief of Irish magazine Fleet Transport, attended the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) conference on Powertrain Options for Commercial Vehicles, and found that the future will certainly be diversified

Nkosini Ngwenya on 05/14/2018

Land reforms: a FOCUS on SA and Zim Agriculture

The agricultural sectors in South Africa and Zimbabwe are hot news items right now, but can South Africa learn from Zimbabwe’s mistakes, and how will new policies affect agricultural trade? Nkosini Ngwenya finds out.

Gavin Myers on 05/10/2018

All the van you’re likely to need

Not the tulips, canals and amazing architecture, nor the red lights and abundance of coffee shops and nightspots, could compare to the main reason GAVIN MYERS recently visited Amsterdam, The Netherlands ... which was to drive the all-new, undeniably impressive, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Mariska Morris on 05/10/2018

Testing for a deadly disease

Long-distance truck drivers who engage in intercourse with female sex workers, operating along the main highways in South Africa, are vulnerable to contracting HIV/Aids. What is the best way to test for this disease?

Focus Reporter on 05/09/2018

Save costs, invest in high-quality oils

Some suggest that there is a direct correlation between the cost of lubricants and overall truck maintenance costs. WILLIAM GEORGE explores the topic to see how fleet owners can save money and extend the life of vehicles through purchasing quality lubes and oil.

Vaughan Mostert on 05/09/2018

Advice for Solidarity

Just about every subsidised public transport organisation in South Africa could be regarded as insolvent. If government and municipal subsidies were turned off, and taxpayer-funded contracts were cancelled, they would shut down by next month.

Gavin Myers on 05/08/2018

Magic at the fork in the road

Scania South Africa is a company that likes to work with forward thinkers – so partnering with the Reinhardt Transport Group in its Commercial Professional Driver (CPD) Academy was the perfect way to be involved in upskilling the nation’s future truck drivers. GAVIN MYERS visited the eye-opening Academy as a journalist, and very nearly walked out as a learner truck driver...

Focus Reporter on 04/12/2018

Is profit taking precedence over passengers’ safety?

How do the working conditions and behaviour of minibus-taxi drivers in Johannesburg affect the lives of their passengers? We look at the ongoing study by Lee Randall, at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics and Health Law, at the University of the Witwatersrand, for answers

Charleen Clarke on 04/11/2018

Self-driving trucks plus drivers = success, says Uber

There’s a massive shortage of truck drivers in the United States; it stands at about 50 000 right now, and this is estimated to grow to 174 000 by 2026. Given this situation, Uber is testing a freight-delivery method that blends self-driving and conventional driver-operated trucks to relieve drivers from too much time spent away from home.

Charleen Clarke on 04/11/2018

Volkswagen makes big bucks

While some companies (especially here in South Africa) are battling to survive, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is romping to the bank vault – having made its highest profit ever!

Charleen Clarke on 04/11/2018

What a Discovery!

An awesome new Land Rover Discovery has gone on sale in the United Kingdom. It’s called the Discovery Commercial and it’s a rather sexy alternative to a van or bakkie.

Charleen Clarke on 04/11/2018

Chinese buy Daimler! (well, a large part of it)

In a move that has shocked our industry to its very core, Geely Automotive chairman Li Shufu has purchased 9,69 percent of Daimler – meaning Shufu is the single largest shareholder in the giant German company. Wow, we sure didn’t see that coming...

Focus Reporter on 04/11/2018

Australasia transport in perspective

New Zealand puts out a safety alert for almost 3 000 truck trailers, builds new roads and edges towards an electric future, while Australia lags behind its peers. FOCUS reports on the transport industry in Australasia.