Four in six trucks fail
Hino Pinetown supports brake and tyre tests and were disturbed by findings
HINO Pinetown and the Road Traffic Inspectorate’s (RTI) Pinetown Testing Station in KwaZulu-Natal hosted a twoday brake and tyre watch recently.
As happens every year with this regional ad hoc inspection by RTI officers, the truck dealers were shocked at the poor state of brakes and tyres on at least four of every six trucks pulled off for random inspection.
The two-day event was attended by some of Hino Pinetown’s fleet customers and the first day was spent in a classroom session at the eThekwini Electricity Training Centre, where traffic officials were trained.
“Training is the key of this initiative,” said road safety champion Patrick O’Leary of Fleet-watch magazine. “It is very difficult for these officials to evaluate a vehicle’s brakes and tyres when they are stopped in a roadblock if they do not know what to look for and how the various braking systems work.
“New braking systems are continually being introduced into the latest model trucks coming onto the local market so traffic officials need to be updated on an ongoing basis. Training is provided free of charge by our partners from the industry,” explained O’Leary.
The second day was a handson test day at the weighbridge.
Randomly-selected trucks were stopped and put through a brake roller test, while all trucks were checked in the pit for trailer defects and other faults on the truck itself, such as faulty lights. Four of the six vehicles checked were taken off the road for being unroadworthy.
This was the 38th occasion that O’Leary and his team, in conjunction with partners from the industry, had staged a Brake & Tyre Watch roadside safety check.
“This was the second time that Hino and its dealers have given direct support to the Brake and Tyre Watch project and we are pleased to be involved in this initiative to make our roads safer,” said Ernie Trautmann, vice president of Hino SA.
“It was certainly disturbing to learn that four of the six trucks checked were unroadworthy and we believe that the authorities need to be far more proactive in conducting their own roadblocks linked to brake and tyre checks. “The praiseworthy Fleet-watch programme, by its nature, cannot be a national watchdog, but is rather a dipstick to highlight the high number of unroadworthy trucks on our roads.”
Hino, already the pace-setter for after-sales service in the South African truck market, has just clinched both the parts and service categories in the Hino International Parts and Service Distributor of the Year contest for the second consecutive year.
Those who attended the Brake & Tyre Watch in KZN were presented with certificates of attendance.
George Hartman of BPW Axles addressed delegates during the one-day classroom session at the latest Brake and Tyre Watch in KwaZulu-Natal.
NEVER SAY DIE HINO: Seen with Namlog’s 2009-year-model Hino 1324 freight carrier that has covered more than 2,3 million kilometres are (from left) Garth Middleditch, sales executive at Hino East Rand; Albie Greyvenstein, Namlog’s national fleet manager; Leslie Long, Hino SA’s senior manager — marketing, product, and demand planning; and Christo Swartz, CEO of Namlog. The cylinder head has been reconditioned and some wear items such as the clutch plate have been replaced, as has the starter and alternator.