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Introduction to the RTMS

The background and context of the Road Transport Management System is explained by Dr. Paul Nordengen, the chairperson of the RTMS National Steering Committee. The key challenges in the road freight sector, specifically the levels of non-compliance are unpacked. The key objectives of the RTMS including reduction of crashes and collisions, overload prevention, improved vehicle safety, optimised driver wellness and driver training are detailed. Some of the outstanding RTMS benefits are summarised with the presentation of key statistics.

2. RTMS Audit Requirements

RTMS Audit Requirements – Oliver Naidoo, Managing Director: JC Auditors. The main pillars of the SANS 1395 RTMS National Standard are described, including loading, safety compliance, driver wellness, and driver training. The various specific compliance requirements such as monthly overloading statistics, speeding violations tracking, fatigue management, driving hours, etc are described in detail. The audit process, as well as audit reporting requirements, are listed.

3. PBS Smart Truck pilot project

PBS (Smart Truck) Pilot Project in South Africa : Dr. Paul Nordengen, Chairperson, PBS/Smart Truck Committee

Based on successful initiatives in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, the South African Performance-Based Standards (PBS) pilot project was launched under the banner of Smart Trucks in 2007, offering an alternative means of heavy vehicle regulation. The PBS approach promotes vehicle safety and productivity. Under the SA PBS framework, a proposed vehicle is required to pass 12 safety-governing standards and must be shown to cause less road wear than prescriptive (standard) vehicles. The project currently comprises over 300 Smart Trucks from 22 commercial transport operators across South Africa, with over 220 million kilometers traveled to date. Smart Trucks have shown significant benefits over-prescriptive vehicles, including a 45% reduction in crashes, a 17% reduction in fuel consumption, and, as a result of the increased payload efficiency, a saving of 11.5 million kms and over 75 000 trips per year.

4. RTMS from an insurance perspective

RTMS from an Insurance Perspective – Steve Cornelius, Head of Transportation Risk, Indwe Risk Services. Steve explains how RTMS certification is closely aligned with the insurance perspective of risk mitigation.

5. RTMS Case Study Coal & FMCG

Case Study by New Era Commerce – Thokozane Mangana, CEO New Era Commerce. New Era Commerce is a fast emerging transporter with a footprint in Mining and FMCG. This case study shows how the company embraced and integrated RTMS into their core business processes. The exceptional benefits of RTMS are discussed, together with some of the challenges in the New Era Journey. This is a great presentation by the team at New Era.

6. RTMS Exxaro Journey Mining

Case Study by Exxaro Resources – Johan Bischoff, Senior Solution Architect, Marketing & Logistis, Exxaro Resources. Johan takes us through Exxaro’s journey to acheiving RTMS certification as a consignor/consignee and explain how it fits into their corporate governance protocols. A great presentation from Exarro on the role of RTMS in powering possibility!

7. RTMS Case Study Coal

A case study by the team at Africa Link Transport – This presentation shows how RTMS has enabled the business to achieve significant growth and increase in fleet size. Particularly impressive is the exceptional overload control. The significant reduction in accidents as a result of RTMS implementation is most impressive. The journey of Mr Sunshine Bennett from being a homeless person to an owner of a successful transport business is incredibly inspiring!

8. RTMS from a banking funding perspective

RTMS from a banking perspective – Kathy Bell, Standard Bank. Kathy explains how RTMS provides comfort to the banks in that RTMS certified companies have demonstrated significantly reduced credit risk to the bank. Kathy in her passionate and particularly unique manner brings a fresh take to the benefits of implementing RTMS for operators to obtain funding.