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Saving South Africa’s trucking industry

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Since the mass torching of trucks on the N3 Mooi River in 2018, the trucking industry has faced numerous challenges that have threatened not only the sustainability of the sector, but to some extent, the stability of the African economy. The N3 serves as the gateway to the largest and busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, the Port of Durban, which handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo per annum.

The past 18 months have not been any easier for the sector. The continuance of sporadic torching of trucks and attacks on truck drivers, service delivery protests and looting, the lockdown and various restrictions associated with the Covid 19 pandemic have further crippled the industry.

Due to the restrictions and limitation of transportation of essential goods during the hard lockdown, transporters have seen a massive drop in their turnovers, with most having to downsize and some even permanently closing. Those who are lucky enough to still be operational now must stretch their staff and chase deadlines, which places further pressure and fatigue on drivers due to the long hours on the road – a major concern.

With these challenges, Santam Heavy Haulage, as an insurance partner to the trucking industry, for example, has sought to educate both clients and brokers on how to better manage and mitigate risk to keep insurance premiums at a minimum. Insurance has traditionally been viewed as a grudge purchase, but recent events have highlighted the critical role it can play in minimising financial loss.

To be successful, businesses need to prioritise their people’s wellbeing. Drivers are the driving force behind the trucking industry. Entrusting them with assets and cargo worth millions requires that they are equipped with the necessary skills, a conducive working environment, and regular access to medical check-ups to help them make better health choices.

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Why Transportation Matters in Everyday Life

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Moving to distant places requires a means of transportation for convenience. It aids human beings to keep moving around and function with better productivity. Wider aspects of life depend on transportation, including businesses, workers, tourists, and the governing bodies. As the world continues to evolve, so does the transportation system to cater to a lot of people relying on it.

Every kind of transportation plays a huge role during the pandemic, especially in sustaining the global economy. It promotes easier access in delivering items around the world more efficiently. Read on this post to understand more of the benefits of transportation these days.

Advantages of Better Transportation

A world without automobiles and other means of transport may not function very well. Going back to the days when people invented ways to transfer things from one place to another, it was very challenging. It might be shocking but animals have helped the ancestors to carry stuff back then.

Nonetheless, the technology advances through the years and decided to create a more refined way of transporting goods. Life would be easier with the existence of transportation than having none.

With the right vehicle, it will impact your entire lifestyle whether you like it or not. It helps you to thrive each day and also benefits your productivity level.

Transportation also plays a tremendous part in realizing your travel goals. It is impossible to visit places without a ride and life could be so dull not having the chance to explore the world due to lack of transport.

Last but not least, transportation is one of the tools why economic activities persist to move forward. The world cannot survive without it, so technology is doing the right thing to develop more means of transport.

How Does Transportation Work?

The following uses of transportation will help you visualize a better world. You will witness why all types of vehicles matter in your daily life.

1.         Transportation for Businesses

Generating income would be easier with stable access to transportation. It is not simple to run a business as there are a lot of things to consider, including delivering raw materials. This could not happen successfully if the venture does not own any means of transport. It will be a hassle and may lead to losing opportunities and partnerships that help to grow the business.

The majority of the trading process demands the use of vehicles to transfer pieces of stuff a lot faster and safer. A quick turnover can also attract new stakeholders in a shorter period.

In the world of commerce, there are lots of career opportunities that involve transportation jobs. It includes drivers, food delivery services, and even jobs for controlling the traffic. The industry is indeed a great help for millions of people desiring to get a nice job. According to a survey, 14% of employment in the United States work in the transportation industry. This is a huge percentage of people who can survive each day because of transport. 

Most businesses today are in the production sector. Meaning, a proper transport system is needed to complete transactions toward the consumers. The bottom line is transport makes trading a lot smoother that satisfies the market greatly.

2.         Transportation for Convenience

People tend to commute almost every day to reach a destination. This is the major reason why the transportation industry continues to expand its services.  The availability of transport will depend on the location you will visit. For example, some countries can offer all kinds of vehicles, like trains, taxis, planes, and many more.

Perhaps this has been the cause of building plenty of roads to ease travel expenses to consumers. It made life easier and more convenient to go around the world.

Transportation does not only work for grander travel needs but day-to-day demands as well. For instance, if you have a package from another country, a means of transport helps to deliver it. It is indeed a holistic tool for everybody’s comfort.

3.         Transportation for Economy

Transportation is made for personal and business needs. It had a great impact on the overall economy in the past years and also in the future. It creates bridges between stakeholders, suppliers, and anyone involved in the economic functions.

Since people are dependent on transport for recreational activities, this also has good effects on the economy. Businesses around the world can generate more income. Moreover, the use of vehicles comes with a higher fuel cost that benefits the entire economy.

There will be no chances of declining demand for transport because of its reliable uses. Rather, it will continue to rise to sustain economic development globally.

4.         Transportation for Tourism

Among the factors that help the economy to grow is the tourism sector. Everybody knows how a means of transport plays a vital role during travels. It impacts global trade while people move around to explore different cultures and also products of various countries.

Without transportation, the tourism sector would remain stagnant which will impact the world negatively. It really helps to establish a highly competitive and thriving market for tourism.

Conclusion

The transport company in Perth benefits the society as a whole. It fulfills a lot of injunctions from personal to trading needs. Its value can never be replaced by anything in this world that is why it comes in different modes. People around the world can do nothing without a means of transport for everyday living. In addition to that, there will be no growth in businesses when transportation did not exist.

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DHL Express is piloting the first hydrogen truck throughout Deutsche Post DHL Group

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DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, is the first within Deutsche Post DHL Group to test hydrogen-fueled trucks for the long haul. Together with its customer Apple, DHL pilots the vehicle in the Benelux region, as part of the Interreg NW Europe program H2-Share, coordinated by WaterstofNet. The program’s goal is to facilitate the development of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on hydrogen for logistic applications and gain practical experience in different regions. It creates a transnational living lab and basis for the development of the zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry.

“In a globalized world, sustainable and clean fuels are essential for climate-neutral logistics. Not only for sea and air freight but also line-haul road freight, as these help reduce CO2 emissions,” says Alberto Nobis, CEO DHL Express Europe. “That’s why we engage not only in the electrification of our fleet but also invest in the development of alternative drive systems for very long ranges. The project shows that we can achieve truly emission-free logistics in Europe if we join forces and build on experience.”

While battery-electric trucks can operate efficiently within last-mile delivery, fuels from renewable energies such as hydrogen are essential for zero-emission line-haul. Due to their vast potential, DHL Express is now testing a heavy-duty vehicle, with a fuel cell range extender from VDL. The truck, operated by Dutch Nassau Sneltransport, covers a daily distance of around 200 km, running a cross-border route in the Benelux region. The truck refuels on a daily basis at a mobile fuel station from Wystrach as part of the project. It transports deliveries of DHL Express’ customer Apple. During the piloting phase, up to 35 tons of CO2 can be saved with the new technology.

In line with its Sustainability Roadmap, Deutsche Post DHL Group is heavily investing in the use of alternative fuels. Hydrogen is opening up a new market and can contribute to green transport solutions. Insights from the project help evaluate the potential of this fuel alternative and support decision-making processes.

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Woolworths to use electric vehicles to deliver retail orders to customers

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Popular food and clothing retailer Woolworths has announced via social media that it’s trial-running a handful of electric vans that Everlectric has supplied (and operated in partnership with DSV, its logistics partner). The company aims to reduce its impact on the environment across its value chain.

Everlectric is a bespoke supplier of electric vans. The vehicles that Woolworths is using, according to a report by CleanTechnica, is the SAIC Maxus eDeliver3. It’s an all-electric vehicle with a carrying capacity of 905kg. The van boasts a 52.5kWh battery pack for 240km of driving range on a WLTP cycle.

Woolworths uses photovoltaic solar panels to capture energy from the sun, which it then pipes into the test vehicles’ battery packs at its depot. Using the sun’s power and considering the overall reduction in emissions compared to using a diesel-powered delivery vehicle of this capacity, Woolies has been able to save 3.6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the past two months of testing the electric vans.

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