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.
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.
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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.