Truck drivers transport cargo to and from specified destinations. The route may be a long city-to-city haul, a drive within a city or even short trips inside construction or mining compounds. They may also do regular long-distance runs on the same route, sometimes sharing the driving with another driver. A special drivers' licence is required.
Truck drivers are responsible for driving these heavy vehicles safely, in accordance with road regulations and with maximum efficiency. They are responsible for checking the condition and safety of the trucks before leaving but may also have to perform emergency roadside repairs if problems are experienced on the journey, such as changing tyres or installing light bulbs or spark plugs. Basic maintenance tasks need to be performed, such as adding oil, petrol or radiator fluid.
They collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes and manoeuvre the trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment is positioned properly. They need to inventory and inspect the goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions. Goods may need to be wrapped using pads, packing paper and containers, and loads secured to truck or trailer walls, using straps. They secure the cargo for transport using ropes, blocks, chain, binders or covers. They climb ladders to inspect the loads, ensuring that the cargo is secure. Trucks need to be driven to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with regulations.Other responsibilities of truck drivers include:
Schooling & School Subjects
Grade 8 Certificate.
Driver Training Centres: The following centres check the performance of the driver, upgrade skills accordingly and offer specialised courses for conveying hazardous substances: The Operator Training Centre, Emthonjeni Training Centre, Bloemfontein Training Centre, Apex Group Training Centre, Driver Training Scheme at Luipaardsvlei.
In-service training: Drivers are normally accompanied by experienced drivers until they are familiar with routes and procedures.
If you want to become a truck driver you must:
Any of the above-mentioned training centres or potential employers.
The Public Carriers Association
P O Box 7
The Managing Director
Apex Regional Training Centre
P O Box 1704
Various private transport companies.
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