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In Haulage Report Now this month, our focus will be principally on Diesel Fuel. From discussions on the intricate relationship existing between diesel and trucking, to understanding the diverse options through which a haulage firm can meet its fueling need, we will take us into the natural and odd world of diesel contamination/ adulteration. Water, sediments and microbial contamination is natural but ‘Rice and Beans’ adulteration is criminal. We will lift the veil off the ‘Rice and Beans’ phenomenon just in case you are not yet familiar with the terminology.
Taking control of your diesel consumption and eking out more mileage for every litre of diesel shall be our focus as we take an in-depth look at ‘Fuel Economy’. You sure don’t want to miss that!
Truckers’ Wild Experience’ is back with a bang! Our Episode Six, which as usual details truckers’ uncommon experience as they go about their quest to making life better for all, comes with the title “A stitch in time that could have saved lives”. You will enjoy every bit of it.
We will assuage your fantasy craving this month as we present the next level in trucking and that is talking about the dawn of “Intelligent Driver-less Trucks”. But this is beyond fantasy by the way…because it has indeed come.
And yes, Ramadan is over and it’s back to trucking at full throttle! Have a great trucking month!
This Month in Haulage Report Now
DIESEL AND TRUCKING: “…..Improving the mileage of trucks in Nigeria is a complex issue…we discovered that new heavy duty trucks with a carrying capacity between 30 and 40tonnes give a mileage of 2.0 to 2.5km/litre and medium sized trucks with carrying capacity of 10-25tonnes give a mileage of 3.0-3.5km/litre. But with the age of most trucks on Nigerian roads between 5 and 15years, the mileage for trucks reduces further to 1.5 to 2.0 km/litre. Contrast this to countries like the UK and US where the mileage of most long haul trucks is estimated to be in the region of 3.5-4.0km/litre!….”.
FUEL ECONOMY: IMPACT OF VEHICLE SELECTION AND TYRE ROLLING RESISTANCE:- “…Smart trucking demands that fuel economy consideration feature prominently in the selection of your trucking or haulage assets…Simply put, you burn fuel to make horsepower, and you use horsepower to overcome all of the forces that are trying to retard or hold back the truck. So, a truck that rolls down the road with minimum drag will use less horsepower and consume less fuel…”
FUEL ECONOMY (PART TWO): THE EFFECTIVE DRIVING BEHAVIOUR & OTHER FACTORS:- “..The following is a short list of behaviors exhibited by those drivers that consistently obtain good fuel economy. Studies have shown that a consistently efficient driver can achieve 30% or more fuel economy than an inefficient driver. Simple behaviors, like coasting to a stop instead of staying on the accelerator until the last minute and then braking hard, add up to significant fuel savings after thousands of kilometers…”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIESEL CONTAMINATION: “…A couple of months ago, a notable haulage operator shared a sad experience on diesel fuel contamination with us. Mid 2012, six units of less than a year old 30tonnes truck-trailer were dispatched to haul products for a contract client. Trucks were loaded and fueled at client’s fuel dump. Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was the destination for all trucks…”
‘RICE & BEANS’ PHENOMENON IN DIESEL CONTAMINATION: “…As a first step, kerosene and diesel are procured at depots with tankers. An average tanker’s calibrated content is between 30,000-33,000 litres. They are then transported to the ‘illegal refinery’ where the mixture takes place directly into an empty tanker as the case may be. End products are classified into Grades 1, 2 and 3 and the profit margin graduates accordingly with Grade 1 being the costliest while grade three entails the least production cost but attracts the highest gain…”
FUEL MANAGEMENT PLAN- WHY YOU NEED ONE: “…Many haulage firms especially in our environment have a faulty and extremely skewed perspective regarding fueling needs for their assets. Some see it as the least of their headaches while some simply walk the assumption that fueling is ‘given’…”
FUELING OPTIONS FOR TRUCKERS: “…Whether you run a large fleet or a modest one, there is a fueling option that works better for you. Except in a worst case scenario as you would find in a ‘force majeure’, there is absolutely no justification for why an up and doing fleet manager should fail in ensuring his trucks are adequately fueled and ready to go all of the time…”
THE AGE OF INTELLIGENT DRIVERLESS TRUCK BECKONS: “..We’ve had intelligent unmanned cars, planes, carriages, shuttles and what have you. But not so much about Intelligent trucks until probably now! The line between reality and science fiction is about to shrink further as the age of autopilot intelligent trucks creeps in much closer than ever…”
Last Month in Haulage Report Now
DEPLOYING FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: NIGERIAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN PERSPECTIVE (PART ONE): “…In Nigeria, a huge gap still exist in the provision of professional and flexible fleet management solution, stolen vehicle recovery and appropriate response to stickup operations by armed felons. A logistic company with its eyes set on achieving the objective of increased revenues and productivity will no doubt see the wisdom in embracing the implementation of fleet management technology that drastically reduces fleet expenditure, enhances fuel management, improve transit time, ….”
DEPLOYING FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: NIGERIAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN PERSPECTIVE (PART TWO): “…In view of the level of development of our communication backbone which is not yet at per with what obtains in the economies from where most of these packages originally come from, it is of uppermost importance that critical questions be asked about the options available for data capture, logging and access and what happens when any or all of these options fail as they are wont to once in a while. Does the proposed system have any, all or a combination of GPS, GPRS or RF options for data capture and logging? A good system, perhaps because of our peculiar situation, will most likely have ALL the above options integrated into the package…”
FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS AND VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM: ANY DIFFERENCE?: “..There are already lots of fleet management solutions in the market and in fact, most of the companies with big trucks do have the tracking devices installed and are able to track the locations of their vehicles. The sad reality is that most of the solutions marketed as “fleet management systems” are actually vehicle tracking systems with a little bit of added functionality in them…”
UNDERSTANDING FLEET TELEMATICS: “….The use of telematics is still at a developing stage in Nigeria…..The insurance companies in particular have been at the forefront of driving the rate of penetration by making vehicle tracking an adjunct part of the bundle package for comprehensive coverage on mobile assets principally with a view to minimizing premium payment overload on the insuring public and arresting the contentious areas usually associated with claims settlement….”
RAMADAN AND TRUCKING: “…It’s Ramadan season again and what an exciting time it portends for the haulage industry, truck drivers, trucking companies and users of haulage services. While many will see it as an opportunity to once again renew their allegiance to a faithful Allah (SWT) whose mercies and kindness have greatly been the bedrock of their survival thus far, not a few will also see it as a challenging time for their business most especially when the rigor of running a thriving haulage firm is placed alongside the fundamental routines or requirements attached to the observation of Ramadan such as fasting, prayer time and breaking of fast..”
FRSC’S RSRTT POLICYGUIDELINES/ REQUIREMENTS (PART TWO): “…Road Safety Registration for Tankers and tractor-Trailers (RSRTT) series. All applicants for Articulated Lorries (Tankers/Trailers) Operators must be incorporated and must have insurance and legal process documents before authorization is issued by FRSC…”
Past Issues in Haulage Report Now
PARKING LOT & BACKING COLLISIONS (PART ONE): MUCH MORE THAN YOU THINK! – “….A couple of years back, somewhere within the Apapa axis of Lagos, a petroleum tanker while being backed up to properly position for a loading operation at a major petroleum tank farm knocked out a couple of loading apparatus. There was a spark and then a conflagration. The resultant destruction of lives and properties was monumental….”
SECUREMENT OF CARGO 1: Facts About Cargo Securement: “…These are very few in the depressingly high number of fatalities that have been traced to improperly latched or restrained cargoes falling off trucks. In fact, a conservative estimate have it that an average of 20 containers fall off trucks on a monthly basis in Lagos…”
SECUREMENT OF CARGO 2: Principle of Cargo Securement: “…This principle states that Cargo being transported on the highway must remain secured on or within the transporting vehicle under all conditions that could reasonably be expected to occur in normal driving and also when a driver is responding in all emergency situations, EXCEPT when there is a crash..”
FRSC’S RSRTT POLICY GUIDELINES/REQUIREMENTS (PART ONE): “…Not too long ago, 1st of July 2010 to be specific, a comprehensive guideline and requirements for the registration and safe operation of articulated trucks (including tanker and trailers) was rolled out by the Federal Road Safety Corps of Nigeria….not a few were completely unaware of any policy in that mold. And yet it has been business as usual for many haulage practitioners..”.
INTERMODAL CONTAINERS; THE SECUREMENT PROCEDURE: “…Secure each intermodal container to the container chassis with securement or integral locking devices that cannot accidentally become unfastened. Integral locking devices do not have to be adjustable. If necessary, secondary attachments can be used to ensure that latches remain fastened in transit..”.
STRATEGIES FOR SAFELY TRANSPORTING CARGO (PART ONE): “…Leaning heavily on the Best Standard Practices for transporting cargo as it obtains in many advanced countries of Europe and States of America where the fear of the law is the beginning of wisdom and where impunity and gross disregard for safety standards have been committed to the dustbin of history…”.
WEIGHBRIDGES: FUNCTIONALITY AND ACCURACY (PART ONE): The cement delivery to the firm usually comes in 30ton (approximate) bulk cement tankers. The findings they made in the first week of operation of the new team were shocking to say the least. In a random check of about five (5) bulk cement tankers waiting in line to weigh-in to make deliveries, the following astonishing discoveries were made….
WEIGHBRIDGES: FUNCTIONALITY AND ACCURACY (PART TWO): Whether weight, or volume calculated from a weight measure, is used as a basis for payment, the accuracy and integrity of a weighing system is critical to both the buyer and seller. If the weighbridge system records payload weights that are too high, the buyer will be paying for products that he/she is not receiving.
REASONS WHY HUGE TRUCKS ‘BEHAVE’ DIFFERENTLY FROM YOUR CAR: We read and see on television news of horrendous truck crashes where the truck’s brakes failed or its overloaded cargo shifted, or the driver was texting or fell asleep. But many studies have shown that trucks and truck drivers are not always at fault.Cutting off a truck is a sure recipe for disaster. Even if you think your car can “stop on a dime,” a fully-loaded tractor trailer or semi-truck takes almost the length of two football fields to come to a full stop.
TRICKS AND TIPS FOR SHARING ROAD SAFELY WITH HAULAGE TRUCKS: You’re in command of a 10 ton missile at 100 km/hr; he’s in command of a 100 ton missile! The end result of any form of collision, be it head-on, rear-end or road departure won’t be pretty. Think smart, drive smart and stay safe always.
…..AND MUCH MORE!
Trucker’s Wild Experience Series
EPISODE SIX- TRUCKERS’ WILD EXPERIENCE: A STITCH IN TIME THAT COULD HAVE SAVED LIVES:- “…I had just driven past Magboro and gradually approaching the tail-end of the popular ‘long bridge’ inward Lagos when my professional roving eyes wandered to my left, the outbound portion of the Lagos-Ibadan express road. Then I saw it and suddenly I was overtaken by a cold chill that ran all the way down to my spine. ‘Ha! eleyi o bojumu ke’ was all I could mutter to myself which translated into English simply means ‘Alas! But this is not appropriate now’!
EPISODE FIVE- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: ANGER MANAGEMENT- TRUCKER & HIS MOTOR BOY: ..An argument ensued. Gradually it became a shouting match. In no time, fingers were being poked at each other’s face. Around this time, the journey had progressed to Sagamu just a little after the Total Filling Station beside the road leading into Sagamu Town…Suddenly, a chap smack on the face that sounded like a plank being smashed on a dry pavement echoed in the cabin…
EPISODE FOUR- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: ‘TROUBLE SLEEP, YANGA WAKE AM UP’ ALONG SAGAMU-BENIN HIGHWAY @ IJEBU-ITELE: And so he stopped and parked on the road shoulder which could barely contain the width of his trailer. A decision he was going to regret for a long time to come! He was just a few meters from where the friend in distress parked his truck when he heard shouts that were hardly coherent simultaneously followed by sound of screeching tyres terminating in a loud crunching of metals!…
EPISODE THREE- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: FLYING WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION AT OLLO, OYO-OGBOMOSO ROAD: The welded steel brace holding the fabricated left rear diesel-tank gave suddenly and the rectangular tank was sent flying in the air. With the combined speed at which the truck was moving and that of the wind, the flying empty tank automatically became a lethal weapon of mass destruction with force high enough to send a 3.5ton vehicle out of the road and into the ditch some 250meters away from the point of initial contact!..
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