Dyna is now a bakkie
Driving schools expected to make a switch after reclassification
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.
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.