Department embraces RTMS
The City of Cape Town’s electricity services is the first and only government department to implement the self-regulation scheme.
With over 800 vehicles, they’ve managed to reduce their average fleet age from 33 years to eight-and-a-half years. The key to this achievement has been functional alignment, according to Barloworld Logistics’ Adrian van Tonder.
“Functional alignment simply means improving the systems that ran its vehicles,” he says. Before, the department’s fleet availability was hovering around 65% but is now sitting at over 92%. In the past, only 80% of its vehicles were being properly maintained.
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“The latest estimate is that this has risen to over 98%, with all maintenance – including preventative maintenance – being signed off, every single day, on every single vehicle. This is a government department, which makes it all the more impressive,” he adds.
Fuel consumption has decreased from an average 5.9km per litre to 8.7km per litre, simply by managing and checking stats on a daily basis. “By checking the basics, you change behavior,” van Tonder says.
Over the years the department’s incident rate, per kilometre, has also drastically decreased. “That’s a result of driver management, preventative maintenance and having good quality vehicles on the road. These are the things that start happening. These are the benefits you start to see.”
RTMS is a SANS standard – SANS 1395 – achieved in December 2014.
The standard is closely aligned with ISO 39001, otherwise known as the transport standard. “There are several companies that have achieved ISO certification that were RTMS-certified, so the journey – if you want to become ISO certified – is quite simple from there,” explains van Tonder.
Van Tonder adds that the Section21 Company has run through a comprehensive process with SANAS and that all auditors, therefore, comply with SANS 17021.
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“We’ve made auditing tough because we didn’t want just any consultant or auditor to rock up and do the audits. We had to ensure the auditors understood the transport industry properly. That’s why we’ve gone this route with SANAS, which I’m very happy about,” he adds.
The non-profit company held its first AGM on the 27th of August 2015, where an important resolution was passed. “Because it’s getting so big – 10 000 vehicles are now certified – we had to make sure the RTMS boards were correct, that the vehicles that have passed the audits have the license discs clearly indicating their certification.
“We shared this information with the road authorities so they understand which are RTMS vehicles. We charge a membership fee of R50 per vehicle, per annum, to display the board and to be part of the association,” he explains.
Many weighbridges let certified vehicles go through when they get busy because staff are confident the vehicles are compliant with the country’s Road Traffic Act.
“Overall I think RTMS has done pretty well. Auditors are coming on board and I think the companies that have adopted self-regulation have all seen benefits. That’s probably one of the reasons why we’ve got such a massive amount of companies adopting it.
“RTMS is a real, sustainable solution if you’re in the transport industry.