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While strikes in the local vehicle and component manufacturing industries have come to an end, South African commercial vehicle fleet operators and related transport industry companies continue to be faced with cost-critical challenges. Commercial vehicle operators, fleet managers, CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s – all face tough decisions regarding on-going vehicle and ancillary equipment purchases.
The Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show provides the ideal platform for those involved in making the weighty decisions about future vehicle fleet purchases. At JIMS operators can compare, review and see first-hand what solutions are available from just about every commercial vehicle and bus manufacturer, and ancillary equipment supplier.
Long gone are the days when the decision to purchase a rig was simply made on the basis of cost-on-road and vehicle uptime capability.
Purchase decisions today are highly complex, as operators face a multitude of serious considerations such as the impact of impending e-Tolls; deteriorating road infrastructure; vehicle uptime optimization versus maintenance; service and parts support; fuel price stability; exchange rate impact and financing; driver training and retraining needs; effective fleet management systems; as well as overall operational environmental impact.
Vehicle exhibitors at JIMS have undertaken to have their experts on hand to engage and discuss any operator’s specific needs and challenges. While all the ‘heavyweights’ will be represented, most of the newcomers to the industry will be well represented, all showcasing their various offerings.
A separate commercial vehicle conference takes place on 24 October at JIMS and will include topics, such as “The future of public transport in SA”; “SA ‘s BRICS membership – Implications for the SA Truck and Bus Industries”; “What is wrong with road safety in South Africa?”; and “Performance-based standards – a new way to configure truck specifications”, amongst others.
The Johannesburg Truck & Bus Show runs from 18 to 27 October at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (NASREC).