Road safety is a huge concern in South Africa, and even more so for truckers who spend much of their time on the roads. Long distance driving is considered one of the most dangerous professions in the world, with a higher rate of illness and injury for drives. Our truck drivers are at risk for a number of reasons and not least of these are the number of hours they spend driving on the roads and the sedentary lifestyle factors related to this.
Advancements in Technology
Head of MiWay’s business insurance, Morne Stoltz, says that “The large number of heavy vehicles on our roads makes it imperative that measures are put in place to reduce the number of accidents involving trucks.” These measures involve a combination of new technology and legislation that supports the health and safety of truck drivers on our roads. Committing to better driver health and safety is not only necessary for our drivers, but it also makes business sense. Technology that keeps track of the hours a driver has been going, as well as the condition of the vehicle is vital. Vehicle tracking and fleet-management solutions help to make sure that drivers are safe, and that merchandise gets delivered on time to its destination in the same condition it left its starting point in.
Engage with Industry Authorities
“The authorities need to listen to what the industry has to say in order to understand the realities of operations and tackle the shortcomings of the systems. In this way, fair and effective policing (or application of legislation) takes place,” says Gavin Kelly, technical and operations manager of the Road Freight Association of South Africa. A significant player in this space is the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI). They have created a Trucking Wellness programme that is dedicated to the wellness of those employed in the road freight and logistics industry. They also have the aim of addressing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the industry. Another organization that is up and coming is the Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (TASA). It was started by a group of women who are active role players in the transport and logistics industry, with the aim of facilitating transformation and making it possible for emerging role players to thrive in the industry.
While there is still a lot to be done to improve the health and safety of drivers, there are a number of private and public organisations working towards achieving this ideal, as well as technology that can help. The future of trucking and logistics looks bright for drivers across the country. To find out more about the system offered by TSI Central Station and how it can work for your business and your drivers, get in touch with us today.