Trendsetting touring coaches: safety and innovative services

Trendsetting touring coaches: safety and innovative services

March 2019 Stuttgart / Berlin Mercedes-Benz Safety Coach Tourismo: demo drives with the safety expert among touring coaches Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker: the benchmark for safety, efficiency, versatility and comfort in its class Omniplus On: The service just got digital and now opens up a whole range of new possibilities Stuttgart / Berlin – At the Bus2Bus show in Berlin between 19 and 21 March 2019, Daimler Buses will be presenting three highlights from its broad portfolio. The Mercedes-Benz Safety Coach Tourismo will serve to demonstrate the state of the art in touring coach safety technology. Meanwhile, the attractive Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker will show the perfect synthesis of fascinating design, economy, comfort and safety. And finally, the Omniplus service brand will use its Omniplus On portal to demonstrate the multifaceted possibilities which digitalisation and their latest services can offer. Mercedes-Benz Safety Coach Tourismo: demo drives with the safety expert among touring coaches It is the best-selling touring coach in Europe and tailor-made for business class travel: The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo combines cost effectiveness, safety and comfort. And the exhibition vehicle confirms this definitively: The 13.1 m long Tourismo M/2 has been set up for the new EU permissible gross vehicle weight of up to 19.5 t for two-axle vehicles. The Tourismo Safety Coach showcases two firsts for high-deck touring coaches bearing the three-pointed star: Active Brake Assist 4 with pedestrian detection and Sideguard Assist. And it also features all of the other safety systems currently available. Beside all of the other numerous advantages of the Tourismo, this means that no other high-deck touring coach is safer. And the Safety Coach Tourismo will demonstrate this at the show as part...
Scania pioneers full length autonomous buses in Sweden

Scania pioneers full length autonomous buses in Sweden

Scania and Nobina, the largest public transport operator in the Nordic countries, will collaborate to commence trials of autonomous buses on regular routes in the Stockholm area. “The technology is now sufficiently mature to initiate trials in actual bus operations on public roads, making the project one of the first of its kind in Europe with buses this size,” says Karin Rådström, Head of Buses and Coaches, Scania. “The project will provide a wealth of information in the further development of large autonomous buses before a full-scale introduction.” The trials will be conducted in two stages, initially without passengers before welcoming commuters onboard. Safety being a top priority throughout the trials, the buses will have a safety-driver to monitor operations and assist passengers. “We at Nobina are highly engaged in establishing what we believe will be an important part of future public transport,” says Henrik Dagnäs, Managing Director, Nobina Sweden. “These trials will provide a great deal of insight and experience going forward concerning the practical everyday aspects of managing and operating autonomous buses and enabling more people to travel by public transport. The demands on autonomous buses will not differ from those in other operations, including reliability, safety and availability.” The two Scania Citywide LF electric buses will connect the rapidly expanding new residential area Barkarby, approximately 20 kilometres from downtown Stockholm, with a nearby metro station. The buses will be in service along a new dedicated 5-kilometre route with four stops. Initially, approximately one kilometre is planned to be driven autonomously. During the second phase of the trials, it is expected that around 300 passengers will make...
Isuzu Supports Drought Relief in Makhanda

Isuzu Supports Drought Relief in Makhanda

ISUZU Motors South Africa this week delivered two water tank trucks to the disaster relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, to help with the water crisis in Makhanda (Grahamstown). Gift of the Givers Director of Strategic Planning Badr Kazi said the clean water will be trucked from boreholes drilled at various locations across the Makhanda municipal area to strategic points in the community, for use by residents. “The water tankers are playing a very strategic role in getting the clean water from the source, to the residents. Isuzu has made an invaluable contribution to our operations here in Makhanda and we are very grateful for the use of these trucks,” said Kazi. Gift of the Givers has been working tirelessly to relieve several drought-stricken parts of the country, including Beaufort-West and more recently Makhanda. The Gift of the Givers team arrived in Makhanda on February 12 and have since drilled 10 boreholes as a mid-term solution for the water crisis being experienced in the Eastern Cape town, mid-way between East London and Port Elizabeth. Isuzu Motors South Africa Corporate Communications Manager Gishma Johnson said the assistance to Gift of the Givers forms part of the company’s mandate to support the local community. “We leverage key partnerships to find sustainable solutions in the community. The water situation is dire, particularly in Makhanda. Gift of the Givers delivered donated Jojo tanks to the town. However, when these tanks run dry, they need to be filled. The two water trucks were used in Beaufort West earlier this year and were used last year in Cape Town during the city’s water crisis by...
Shedding Weight on Refrigerated Trailers

Shedding Weight on Refrigerated Trailers

With the focus heavily on reducing trailer tare weight, Serco recently completed the manufacture of its first two Protec reefer semi-trailers using aluminium facings in place of steel. The result is vehicles with the advantage of injected foam panel technology plus the huge benefit of a reduction in tare weight allowing for increased payloads. The aluminium skin used on the facings has the same strength properties as the coated steel product but with a reduction in weight of more than 500kg over Serco’s standard trailers. Serco Managing Director Clinton Holcroft said there is growing interest in the fitment of double stacking systems to maximise internal loading volume. The significantly reduced weight of the new bodies offsets any added weight of the reinforcing and double stacking system to enable increased flexibility for volume and payload. “Professional transporters need vehicles they can use on multiple contracts, and hence if you add a bit of weight with a double stacking system you need to see how you can offset that. This is exactly what Serco has achieved with these new facings.” Features of the coated aluminium facings include zero ultra-violet and moisture penetration with food safe PVC interior coatings tested to European standards. The first two units were proudly delivered to Logico Unlimited in Swaziland, a fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sales and distribution business supplying and delivering to all sections of the market....
SHELLY BEACH WINS HINO DOTY FOR SECOND YEAR

SHELLY BEACH WINS HINO DOTY FOR SECOND YEAR

Hino Shelly Beach won the Hino Truck Dealer of the Year award for the second consecutive year when the Toyota, Lexus and Hino annual awards were handed out at the Kyalami Conference Centre recently. Now Gansen Chetty, the Team Leader at this livewire dealership on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, says he is already planning a strategy to make it a hat-trick when the 2019 awards are made next year. “We were also very proud to be runners-up in the truck section of the Toyota Financial Services awards,” said Chetty. “Our philosophy is to make sure every single customer is happy and then awards such as Dealer of the Year will follow. This includes providing tailored financial packages to suit our customers’ specific operations.” Chetty says his team is virtually unchanged from the combination that won the 2017 Dealer of the Year award, with two additional technicians, which had come through the ranks in the company, further strengthening the service department. “Our major project in 2018 was setting up a Grade A Certificate of Fitness roadworthy testing facility and I am pleased to say we are now being certified. When this phase is completed, we will be able to offer an important, additional benefit for our customers,” added Chetty. “I am transparent with the team members about all aspects of our business and believe in ‘walking-the-talk’ with them by having daily meetings with the parts and service staff and getting together once a week with the sales team “We know that there is always room for improvement, and we encourage all staff members to continue coming up with suggestions to...
2018/2019 CILTSA Candidacy Programme for Women

2018/2019 CILTSA Candidacy Programme for Women

The 14 women selected to participate in the 2018/2019 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTSA) Candidacy Programme are making excellent strides towards completing their CILT International Certificate in Logistics and Transport, having reached the Programme’s half-way mark. Once completed, the Candidates will qualify for “Member” MILT status, a designation that is internationally recognised and portable around the globe. “The grade of ‘MILT’ reflects Candidates’ proven expertise and experience in Logistics and Transport,” explains CILTSA President Elvin Harris CMILT. “The Candidacy Programme is very intense and practically oriented – we are excited about the contribution our Candidacy ladies will be able to make to the industry on completion of their studies.” We are grateful to be in partnership with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), who is funding the Programme. Their support to upskill women in the transport and logistics industry, and to prepare them for management roles in the industry is highly commendable. CILTSA, and our delivery partners Commerce Edge and Alto Training are proud to be associated with this very important initiative. Successful Candidates The following women are participating in the Candidacy programme: Molly Baloyi   – Export Controller: Famous Brands Abigail Graaff – Export Controller: Imperial Sasfin Logistics Sekao Magodiele – Key Accounts Senior Advisor: DHL Express Mpho Molalaolwe – Order Desk Administrator: Samsung Electronics Mpho Mbuli – Ocean Imports Controller: Imperial Sasfin Logistics Martina Mothapo Lerato Mudzielwana – Supply Chain Co-ordinator: Ford Motor Company Khothatso Ngwenya – Regional Key Accounts Executive: DHL Busisiwe Nkosi – Outbound Controller: Samsung SDS Lerato Nonyane – Assistant DC Manager: Imperial Managed Solutions Valerie Packree – Ocean/Air Supervisor (Book Groupage):...