Driv­ing-school own­ers and learner driv­ers can re­lax, Hino is not plan­ning the end of the Dyna 4-093, the only truck to sur­vive learner driv­ers six days a week, for many years yet.

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DRIV­ING schools across SA are abuzz with the ru­mour that Hino will stop mak­ing the Dyna 4-093 — the truck in which mil­lions of South Africans have learnt how to drive.

To set­tle all the mis­un­der­stand­ings, there are three pieces of good news for all driv­ing-school own­ers who won­der where they will ever find such an af­ford­able, tough ve­hi­cle again.

First, Hino will not stop sell­ing the Dyna 4-093, but will change it into a bakkie by re­duc­ing the weight of this medium-weight truck by just 50 kg to make what the law calls a Light Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle. This will en­able Hino to still sell the old ve­hi­cle, which can­not be fit­ted with an elec­tronic speed lim­iter as is re­quired from De­cem­ber 1 for all medium and heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

This also means that parts will still be on sale for many more years to come. The third bit of good news is that driv­ing schools will also be able to run ex­ist­ing 4-093s as be­fore, as long as the Dyna was built be­fore De­cem­ber 1. So, I sug­gest that those who need to re­place a unit con­tact Hino Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to­day.

The deal­er­ship said it has or­dered enough stock from the fac­tory at Prospec­ton to meet the an­tic­i­pated rush, but De­cem­ber is around the cor­ner.

For those driv­ing schools that must buy a re­place­ment EC1 ve­hi­cle, sev­eral fru­gal new Hino 300 mod­els await. These mod­ern trucks are ar­guably bet­ter ve­hi­cles to get a truck driv­ing li­cense in.

• Should driv­ing schools teach peo­ple how to drive in old trucks? E-mail your views to alwyn. viljoen@wit­ness.co.za.

Driv­ing schools have un­til De­cem­ber 1 to buy the trusty Dyna 4-093, be­fore a new law will see fu­ture Dy­nas change into a bakkie.


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