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21 July 2017 16:40 (South Africa)

Saving roads (and Transnet) by banning trucks

Details are still somewhat sketchy, but it looks as if the department of transport is planning to kill two flies with one blow: shore up Spoornet’s struggling freight rail business, and reduce road maintenance costs. The problem is it wants to do so at the cost of trucking companies – so say the trucking companies. Road freighters have been informed of a planned prohibition that would reduce the weight of goods which trucks will be allowed to carry on any road that isn’t designated national, such as the N1 or N3, by a little more than 11%. Bulk commodity transport, such as coal, would be especially hard hit. Read more: Business Report

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