By the end of the course, the learners will understand:
• 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.