‘Mas­sive leap’ in RTMS com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles

The Witness - Wheels - - TRENDS -

THE Road Transport Man­age­ment Sys­tem (RTMS) con­firmed that the num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cles that are RTMS cer­ti­fied has sur­passed the 10 000 mark.

This in­crease demon­strates the com­mit­ment road transport op­er­a­tors are putting in place in or­der to im­ple­ment stan­dards and com­ply with South Africa’s road traf­fic reg­u­la­tions to im­prove road safety, pre­serve road in­fra­struc­ture and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Adrian van Ton­der, chair­per­son of the RTMS na­tional steer­ing com­mit­tee, transport op­er­a­tors have seen the long-term ben­e­fits that RTMS com­pli­ance of­fers.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a mas­sive leap in the num­ber of trucks and buses be­com­ing RTMS com­pli­ant. In 2007, we had 74 RTMS cer­ti­fied heavy ve­hi­cles on the road. With our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to road safety, we hope to reach 11 000 be­fore the end of the year.

“Busi­nesses tend to take a quan­tum leap for­wards in terms of road safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity once they im­ple­ment the ba­sics of the RTMS man­age­ment sys­tem. That’s why more and more transport com­pa­nies are join­ing the ini­tia­tive. They see tan­gi­ble re­sults,” he said.

The RTMS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has grown to be­come an of­fi­cial SABS stan­dard in the South African heavy ve­hi­cle transport sec­tor. The suc­cess of the self-reg­u­la­tion scheme can be at­trib­uted to the fact that com­pa­nies are con­tin­u­ously be­ing mon­i­tored to en­sure that they re­main com­pli­ant with the RTMS stan­dard.

“RTMS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is only valid for 12 months. Com­pa­nies get au­dited by ex­ter­nal au­di­tors on an an­nual ba­sis, and quar­terly there is a lot of key safety data that gets up­loaded onto the web­site for ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” said Van Ton­der.

Hein Jordt, MD of Ctrack Fleet Man­age­ment So­lu­tions, said that all stake­hold­ers in the road lo­gis­tics value chain are aware of the prob­lems that af­fect their op­er­a­tions.

“De­spite con­certed and on­go­ing law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions, the sharp in­crease in heavy ve­hi­cle traf­fic con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor chal­lenge on South African roads.

“Poorly main­tained trucks, badly se­cured loads and in­ad­e­quately trained or ex­hausted driv­ers all pose road safety dan­gers that can be avoided.

“The strong mem­ber­ship base of the RTMS is a clear sign that stake­hold­ers in the truck­ing in­dus­try are tak­ing se­ri­ous steps to ad­dress these and other chal­lenges,” he said. — Wheels Reporter.

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