Coca-Cola pushes driver training

Drivers play a major role in the cost factors relating to transport operations and well-trained drivers are far less likely to incur unneccessary costs through needless accidents or traffic infringements – to say nothing of the vital role a trained driver plays in road safety.

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is investing in driver training and has chosen Serco as the body builder for its two specialised Protec steel trailers housing vehicle simulators.

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Its idea is to create mobile training centres and Serco built the two trailers at its Johannesburg factory to house the mobile training centres and simulator equipment as well as provide capacity to add additional features or accessories as required by the customer.

The trailer interiors are configured to provide space for the simulators, computer rooms, air-conditioning units, aluminium access steps with hand rails and tail lifts.

Although the mobile centres will be used specifically for the training of truck drivers there is potential – using different simulators – to train bakkie and forklift drivers in any area in South Africa.

Riaan Harmse, National Fleet Logistics Controller at CCBSA, said his company is impressed with the final Serco product.

The driver simulators are a valuable addition to the hands-on training by experienced, in-cab instructors. Benefits include no real safety concerns for drivers and equipment while undergoing training also there is no wear and tear or fuel used on the actual trucks during training activities.

Harmse said once fully operational, drivers would be trained in the units and after successfully completing the course, they would receive a certificate of competence to drive CCBSA vehicles.

Clinton Holcroft, Managing Director of Serco says: “Road safety is a critical component for any logistics company, particularly when lives are at stake and the significant impact accidents can have on the bottom line”.

“Serco is proud to have been chosen to build the vehicle bodies for CCBSA’s new training simulators.”

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