Plan Road Transport Service Delivery

Unit Standard: SAQA ID 123261

NQF Level: 4

No of Credits: 8

The purpose of learning Plan Road Transport Service Delivery is to ensure that professional drivers are able to deliver road transport services in a professional manner by contextualising their own service delivery within the broader sector and industry, planning their trips, and anticipating various scenarios that may occur once they are driving vehicles on the open road.

By achieving this unit standard, learners are able to make informed choices regarding their own performance, as well as the performance of vehicles. This will improve the level of road transport service, and will ensure that unnecessary expenditure is prevented, improving the profitability of road transport service delivery.

The competencies attained to achieve this unit standard will allow the learner to pursue a career in any related road transport service area.



By the end of the course, the learners will be to:

• Contextualise the road transport sector within the transport industry.
• Describing vehicle components according to manufacturer specifications.
• Plan for road transport trips according to specified contexts.
• Explain the impact of specific conditions in terms of vehicle and driver performance.


Knowledge To Be Gained

Relevant aspects of the following:

• Relevant Legislation and Codes, such as the Road Traffic Act of 1993, Occupational Health & Safety Act 1993, and the Road Accident Fund in terms of Act 56 of 1996.
• Categories of licences and Professional Driving Permits.
• Relationship between road transport and other modes of transport.
• Volume of Freight and Passengers carried annually.
• Number of Road Transport employees.
• Types of freight delivery systems and vehicle configurations used.
• Types of passenger services and vehicles used.
• Route planning and selection, and the impact of route deviations.
• Cross-border operations and requirements.
• Cost associated with road transport operations and how it can be reduced.
• Specified organisational procedures for planning.
• Vehicle component manufacturer specification.
• The effect of weather, road and traffic conditions on each of the vehicle components.
• Vehicle inspection and recording requirements.
• Vehicle defects reporting.
• Information pertaining to passengers/ freight relevant to route planning.
• Equipment selection in accordance with selection criteria.
• Factors affecting service and their potential impact on service.
• The effect that weather, road and traffic conditions have on vehicle performance and driver actions.
• The influence of driver actions on the cost effective and efficient operation of vehicles.


Duration Of Programme

2 Days