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A greener solution

A greener solution

Public transport has long been toted as one of the answers to greenhouse gas emissions – the more people riding a bus, the fewer cars on the road. However, bus manufacturers have not stopped there, instead choosing to focus on developing the most sustainable transport solutions attainable through modern technology.

 
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Industry’s top companies named

Which companies are at the top of the game within the transport industry? All has been revealed, with the announcement of the 2009 Focus on Excellence Awards finalists...

 
Tough times for trailers

Tough times for trailers

Since the turn of the millennium, the trailer industry has enjoyed a number of very positive years. But like virtually every other sector of the economy, it has experienced a severe reversal of fortunes over the last 18 months. GG VAN ROOYEN examines the current state of the industry.

 
From wood to wheel

From wood to wheel

In a joint project with organisations like the European Union, the Swedish Energy Agency, various fuel companies and the transport industry, Volvo Trucks recently launched a project aimed at establishing the viability of dimethyl ether (DME) as a biofuel.

   
Got milk?

Got milk?

The days of the milk man delivering milk to our doors might be long gone, but we still rely on the delivery of fresh milk to our supermarkets, each and every day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

FOCUS chats to Douglasdale Dairy about maintaining the cold chain and keeping the milk flowing.

 
Shooting at buses

Shooting at buses

After a slow start, Johannesburg’s first phase of bus rapid transit (BRT) finally came online in late August, three months later than originally planned. But the city’s excitement over the new public transport system was to be short lived as BRT buses came under fire – literally.
 
Is Diesel dead?

Is Diesel dead?

Much is said and written about alternative fuels. But, as CHARLEEN CLARKE notes, the diesel engine still has considerable merit.

All over the planet, manufacturers are rushing to introduce hybrids, electrically powered vehicles or vehicles powered by alternative fuels. And yes, these concepts all have considerable merit. However, it would be a mistake to forget about the lowly diesel.

   
Slippery customer

Slippery customer

Oil may just be oil to most, but there’s a lot more to it than that, writes JAKE VENTER

Oil does a lot more than just make contacting surfaces slippery. It also prevents direct contact between surfaces, most of the time, by interposing a tough layer of molecules in-between. This reduces wear by reducing friction. In addition, a flow of oil cools engine parts by carrying the heat away. In many cases, the lubricant will also inhibit corrosion and reduce noise.

 
The future of bus safety

The future of bus safety

Passive safety technology can greatly decrease the severity of road accidents. New active safety technology, however, can assist in preventing accidents altogether.

Consider the following. Traffic on European roads has increased three-fold over the past 30 years, yet the number of road-related fatalities has actually been halved.

 
Flying finish

Flying finish

“We finish whatever we start.” This statement by Stefano Chmielewski, president of Renault Trucks, at the conclusion of Renault Trucks’ incredible Cape to Cape expedition, epitomised the company’s approach to this overland adventure. However, as CHARLEEN CLARKE notes, it also applies to the company’s attitude to the local truck industry.
   

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Contributors

Frank Beeton Global Focus is compiled exclusively for FOCUS by Frank Beeton of Econometrix.
Vic Oliver One of this country’s most respected commercial vehicle industry authorities.
Vaughan Mostert Through Hopping Off, Mostert leaves readers with some parting food for thought as he continues his push for change in the local public transport industry.
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