1Thinking about starting a transport business?
2Starting a transport business
4What Are The Costs Involved
5Finding Customers and Signing Your First Contract
6Getting onto a suppliers list
7Drivers and Your Trucks
8Regulations and Risks
What are the restrictions on transporting dangerous goods?
The driver must be at least 25 years old and permits must be issued to carry:
- Class 1: Explosives
- Class 2: Gases
- Class 3: Flammable liquids
- Class 4: Other flammables
- Class 5: Oxidisers and Organic peroxides
- Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
- Class 7: Radioactive
- Class 8: Corrosives
- Class 9: Miscellaneous, Difficulties in classification (includes generic or not otherwise specified substances, mixtures, waste and precedence of hazards.
What are the risks of transporting fuel across the borders of South Africa?
You should know about the two main organisations before you begin transporting.
There are two organisations to contact to establish the risks of transporting fuel across the borders of South Africa.
The first stop: RFA
The Road Freight Association (RFA) was established in 1975. This is a facilitating body that influences the state of the industry. The RFA provides specialist information regarding cross-border transport, development funding for emerging operators, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labour relations and many other issues related to road freight transport. Contact them on +27 11 974 4399.
The second stop: CBRTA
The other organisation is the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA), a governing body that issues all cross-border permits for goods and passengers to and from neighbouring countries with whom South Africa has cross-border agreements.
How to get a licence to carry Abnormal Loads?
To transport a vehicle that does not comply with the requirements of the National Road Traffic Act of 1966 must apply for an exemption permit or an abnormal permit.
Is it permitted to convey goods for reward on a commercial vehicle, which only has a temporary vehicle license, or trade plate?
“A trade plate can only be used to move a vehicle between depots. You many not transport goods using a temporary vehicle licence,” explains Gavin Kelley of the Road Freight Association of South Africa.
The Road Freight Association of South Africa ( RFA) offers an SMME Starter Kit specially designed for Start-up Business which includes hints and tips on how to get into transport industry, how to source contracts, how to calculate financial projections and other important information.
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