LOGISTICS: The Benefits Of Special Accreditation
Recent Gauteng Business News
The Barloworld Logistics operation that handles the contract to deliver automotive components from suppliers in Gauteng to the Toyota SA manufacturing plant in Prospecton, near Durban, is benefitting from its status as the first general freight carrier in SA to be awarded Road Transport Management System (RTMS) status. Previously this certification had been confined to transport operators in the sugar and timber industries.
This industry-led self-regulation scheme encourages operators on the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure, improves road safety and increases productivity. It also supports the Department of Transport’s National Freight Logistics Strategy.
Barloworld Logistics’ Jose da Silva, in his new position as project manager, says Toyota’s feeder operation was granted permission in January to mount distinctive RTMS boards on the front of the Hino trucks used in this operation, for which Barloworld Logistics has had the contract for almost five years.
Certification is granted separately for each route and type of operation as well as the specific trucks and trailers being utilised. It is self-regulatory, but subject to monitoring by the authorities.
RTMS’s mission is to provide a national management system, encompassing standards, auditors and manuals, as well as implementation support in terms of information portals, recognition and technology transfer for heavy vehicle road transport to operators, consignees and consignors. It aims to focus on load optimisation, driver wellness, vehicle maintenance and productivity improvement.
The industry also recognises that poor compliance to transport regulations creates an unfair competitive environment and it was decided that a strict self-regulatory system would be in the best interests of the country’s citizens and the industry itself.
A wide range of private, government and parastatal organisations participated in compiling this ground-breaking initiative. There is also a move to look at extending the RTMS to SADEC countries in the future.Log
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