Within South Africa, overloading is one of the key contributors to road damage. Deteriorated road infrastructures in turn have a significant impact and cost implication to vehicle operating costs and efficiencies whilst overloading significantly reduces vehicle safety for all road users. All of the above factors ultimately have a major impact on the sustainability of the transport industry and the industries that they move product for.
At a time when road accidents accounted for nearly 12,000 deaths per annum within South Africa, and if one considers that trucks are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident per km driven, Crickmay co-founded the Load Accreditation Programme (LAP), which became the Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) to address overloading and thereby improve road safety and transport efficiency.
The RTMS programme is a collaborative effort between industries, for example sugar and timber, and the Department of Transport to self-regulate the incidence of overloading within the respective industries and thereby improve efficiencies, fulfil good governance responsibilities and unlock possible Government concessions.
It is pleasing to report that in the sugar industry in South Africa, for example, the percentage incidence of overloading has reduced from over 32% in 2006 (when the programme was initiated) to less than 1% accepted into mills today. Interestingly, the payload per truck has also increased by 4% in this same period due to the focus placed upon supply chain delivery performance by the industry.