The big heavies on Zululand roads
More than 200 000 trucks passed through the Mtunzini N2 Toll Plaza into the City of uMhlathuze between October last year and March of this year. The weigh bridge at Teza on the N2 registered more than 1.2 million trucks between March last year and this month.
Teza a truck hub of activity
- Between March 2017 and June 2018 1 243 18 trucks passed through the Teza weigh bridge.
- Of these trucks 290 933 came from the N2 Southbound Screener, while 262 733 came from the N2 Northbound Screener.
Number of trucks through the N2 Mtunzini Plaza travelling northbound into the City of uMhlathuze
- October 2017 – 37 062
- November 2017 – 37 918
- December 2017 – 33 844
- January 2018 – 32 985
- February 2018 – 30 872
- March 2018 – 33 378
The total number of trucks passing through Mtunzini Toll Plaza into the city came to 202 059 over the 6-month period. This indicates that productivity in trucking logistics was at its highest in October and November last year. December, January and February showed a significant decline in the number of trucks coming into the region. This could be a result of factories scaling down for the holiday period, thus impacting on the logistics and trucking industry. Things seem to start picking up from March again.
Stats: South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL)
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Truck sales are on the up
NEW vehicle sales statistics for May by motor industry watchdog, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), show that sales of heavy trucks and buses has improved by 21,1% (305 vehicles) compared to the corresponding month last year.
They predict that improved truck sales figures suggest the return of positive investment sentiment and business confidence in the market.
‘NAAMSA’s expectations going forward remain unchanged, namely that new vehicle sales should show a gradual improvement over the medium term owing to further recovery in
domestic demand, supported by continued moderation in new vehicle price inflation, the improvement of South Africa’s political and policy environment, the March reduction in interest rates and unchanged international credit ratings,’ the report stated.
‘As a result of these developments, supported by improved business and consumer confidence, a modest recovery in economic growth in 2018 and 2019 was anticipated. ‘This in turn, would benefit domestic new vehicle sales over the balance of the year and an annual improvement in domestic sales volumes of 3% plus compared to 2017, was possible.’
Manufacturer May Sales 2018
FAW Trucks 93 • Isuzu Motors SA 367 • Iveco 87 • MAN 220 • Powerstar 63 • TATA 81 • Toyota 235 • Volvo Group 409 • Mercedes-Benz SA 387 • Scania 189