Go­ing the ex­tra mile for safety

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

Ebrahim Joosab (left), oper­a­tions di­rec­tor of Colt Trans­port, Chris­tian Cool­saet, MD of Volvo Trucks SA and Muham­mad Ar­shad Joosab, fleet man­ager at Colt Trans­port, which com­pany last week took own­er­ship of eight new Volvo trucks that were fully im­ported from Swe­den with Europe’s latest safety tech­nolo­gies on board. Mar­ket­ing and oper­a­tions man­ager Ebrahim Joosab said the 32-yearold fam­ily busi­ness opted to go the fully-im­ported route be­cause the full safety pack on the Volvos now work­ing at Colt Trans­port is not yet avail­able from the lo­cal assem­bly plant in KZN. Joosab said the deal cost Colt Trans­port some R20 mil­lion, but it formed part of the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to pro­mote road safety. ‘One can­not put a price on safety of road users,’ said Joosab. To this end all driv­ers also re­ceived driver train­ing on the new rigs and are con­stantly mon­i­tored and men­tored on the road with Volvo’s Dy­naFleet to en­sure they de­liver loads as cost-ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble. Joosab said Colt Trans­port driv­ers were part of the fam­ily busi­ness, which was started in 1983 by the hus­band and wife team formed by his par­ents, us­ing just an old Mercedes-Benz truck. To­day Colt has more than 60 trucks that haul freight mainly along the N3 be­tween Dur­ban and Johannesburg. The com­pany also main­tains a mod­ern ware­house with un­der­cover load­ing fa­cil­i­ties and con­tainer dock­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Mkon­deni.


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