Dyna is now a bakkie

Driv­ing schools ex­pected to make a switch af­ter re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE Toy­ota Dyna has been re­clas­si­fied as a light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle — what South Africans call a bakkie — in­stead of be­ing in the medium com­mer­cial cat­e­gory as has been the case since its in­tro­duc­tion to the SA mar­ket in 1965.

Be­ing cat­e­gorised as a light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle means the many driv­ing schools that use Dyna in their fleets can now only qual­ify driv­ers for a Code B driver’s li­cence in th­ese sturdy lit­tle trucks.

While it is ex­pected that the thou­sands of Dy­nas de­ployed daily to teach peo­ple how to drive will re­main in use for many years, driv­ing schools are ex­pected to phase out the lit­tle trucks in favour of cars, as ad­verts on the likes of Gumtree al­ready show.

For driv­ing schools who keep us­ing their Dy­nas, the good news is that as bakkies, th­ese trucks no longer have to un­dergo an­nual cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness test­ing.

To qual­ify the Dyna as a bakkie, Toy­ota at Prospec­ton shaved 50 kg off the chas­sis to give the Dyna a GVM of 3 500 kg — the max­i­mum weight of LCVs in SA.

Ernie Traut­mann, vice-pres­i­dent of Hino South Africa, says this change in cat­e­gory for the Dyna came about be­cause its old-tech, nor­mally as­pi­rated three-litre diesel en­gine is not elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled and can­not be fit­ted with a tam­per­proof speed lim­iter as re­quired by new gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions for all medium, heavy and ex­tra-heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

“The alternative to chang­ing the Dyna’s cat­e­gory would have been to with­draw it from our range, which we did not want to do as it is a pop­u­lar model for a wide va­ri­ety of op­er­a­tions,” he said.

He said the fac­tory also took the rede­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity to up­grade the Dyna in sev­eral im­por­tant as­pects.

It now has anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem as well as a nar­row cab used for cer­tain Hino 300-Se­ries mod­els. The front panel is now one piece in­stead of three and in­cor­po­rates new de­signs for the grille and bumper, while the head­lamps are halo­gen with multi re­flec­tors.

In­side the cab a restyled dash­board even has cup hold­ers for the driver and front pas­sen­ger. — WR.

PHOTO: GUMTREE

Driv­ing schools’ trusted Dyna truck is now of­fi­cially a bakkie and on sale on ev­ery­where, as learn­ers are in­creas­ingly ask­ing to be taught how to drive in small cars, which are eas­ier to park.

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