Four in six trucks fail

Hino Pine­town sup­ports brake and tyre tests and were dis­turbed by find­ings

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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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

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.

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