Improving road safety

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has launched a five-year pilot project to run a 44-pallet Performance-Based Standard (PBS) trailer between Bloemfontein and Upington.

The launch took place at Gutsche Plant, in Hamilton, Bloemfontein.
The PBS trailer is 27.9 metres long and can transport 44 pallets, compared with a conventional 30-pallet trailer.

This truck is expected to reduce road traffic and improve safety, while also enhancing productivity for CCBSA. It is projected to reduce the number of loads that will need to be transported along this route by 78%.

“This pilot project is part of an ongoing programme for us to develop new ways of delivering to our customers while contributing towards managing the heavy traffic on South Africa’s road, to minimise damage, improve safety and to reduce congestion,” says CCBSA Logistics Director, Flora
Jika. This approach uses performance-based standards, which specify the performance required of a heavy vehicle on particular routes, bearing in mind both safety and the nature of the road infrastructure itself.

“Performance-based standards provide greater leeway for vehicle designers to come up with innovative ideas and trucks and trailers designed in this way are often called smart trucks,” Flora concludes.

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa
Nnana Mamatshele
Tel: (011) 848-2600