An incredible success story: At this year’s ETM Awards, MAN Truck & Bus came out on top in ten categories – the most successful return of any manufacturer. From vans and trucks to buses, the entire MAN product family impressed readers, customers and drivers across the board.
MAN eTGE, MAN Lion’s City 12 E and MAN eTGM win the three additional categories for electric vans, electric buses and electric trucks The new Truck Generation is in the fast lane: MAN TGX and MAN TGS come out on top in the long-haul transport, tippers up to 32t and distribution transport starting at 18t categories
Lion’s City, Lion’s Intercity and Lion’s Coach wWn in the City Bus, Intercity Bus and Coach cCtegories Respectively Other award-winners: MAN Service Complete for truck-trailer service and MAN Financial Services for truck leasing/financing Together with DEKRA, the commercial vehicle specialist publications trans aktuell, lastauto omnibus and FERNFAHRER went hunting for the best commercial vehicles and the best brands in the commercial vehicle industry again this year. A huge number of readers responded to their call. More than 250 commercial vehicles across 16 categories – from vans through to heavy-duty trucks and intercity buses, were in the running for the “Best Truck”, “Best Van” and “Best Bus” awards at the ETM Awards. “This makes us even prouder that MAN Truck & Bus was able to scoop ten of the coveted ETM Awards. This is an incredible success story!” says Göran Nyberg, Executive Board Member for Sales and Marketing at MAN Truck & Bus, who adds: “The fact that our entire product family was able to win people over shows how positively our brands are perceived and how satisfied our customers and drivers are with our trucks, buses and vans. A success story like this would never have been possible without our team, who worked tirelessly and with great motivation to secure the best possible result.”
MAN Wins in all Three Electric Vehicle Categories Awards were also presented for three additional categories covering electric vans, electric buses and electric trucks. And MAN Truck & Bus would not be denied in any of the three categories. The MAN eTGE, MAN Lion's City 12 E and MAN eTGM took first place in their respective categories. “As such, the entire MAN electric fleet won an award. This proves that our highly modern electric vehicles make an outstanding impression,” says Nyberg.
MAN Buses are Streets Ahead MAN’s buses also received rave reviews. MAN Lion’s City G with MAN EfficientHybrid came out on top in the city bus category. MAN Lion's Intercity took the intercity bus category and MAN Lion’s Coach, the current “Coach of the Year 2020”, took the coach category. MAN Service Complete also took first place for the truck-trailer service. “With this award, the readers are paying homage to our high level of service and our customer-focussed approach,” explains Christoph Huber, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH, who adds: “We are absolutely delighted that our vehicles and our services have been given such great ratings, particularly in our domestic market of Germany. It is all the more meaningful that these ratings are provided by the people who use the vehicles and services every day. We couldn’t have hoped for better praise.” Even the group’s own range of financial services won through in the readers’ choice: MAN Financial Services was successful in taking home one of the coveted prizes for the second year running, winning the “truck leasing/financing” category by some distance.
Virtual Award Ceremony for Winners on 23 July 2020 On account of the current situation, the ETM publishing house and DEKRA announced the winners of this year’s prestigious ETM Awards in the form of a virtual award ceremony. The stream was broadcast on 23 July 2020 on Facebook, YouTube and eurotransport.de.
With its one-month trial run in Johor Bahru having started on June 2020 along the route 10B operated by Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Handal Indah), (also known as Causeway Link), Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd took the opportunity to introduce the minibus, Hino Poncho, as public transport that supports Person with Disability (PWD)- friendly features. In collaboration with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Handal Indah, a test ride of Hino Poncho with PWDs passengers representing Persatuan Sokongan Orang Kurang Upaya Johor Bahru was successfully held on 9 July 2020.
The ride started from Johor Bahru Sentral to Pandan bus stop, which took around 15 minutes. To gather feedback, organisers of the event were speaking to Mohd Saiful Razali, from Jabatan Belia & Sukan Negeri Johor. It was his first Hino Poncho ride and according to him, the low-floor feature makes it easy for him to board the minibus as he has visual impairment. Sharing the experience on the wheelchair accessibility facilities, Ermy Jeffry Jamil, from Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Negeri Johor, said, the low floor feature that comes with a slide ramp gave him the confidence to embark and disembark independently. The low-floor minibus, Hino Poncho, is equipped with features designed for the benefit of PWDs.
When it enters operational duty, Hino Poncho will be the first of its kind in Malaysia meant for PWDs. Equipped with an ultra-low-floor system, the step to board the minibus is nearly as low as the ground. Additionally, it is designed with a vehicle height adjusting system that performs vehicle height lowering and raising control. The height can be lowered down by 50 mm to enhance the boarding and alighting property at bus stops and with the raising control, the chassis is able to lift up to 30 mm higher to improve drivability on rough road.
Taking into consideration the current state of affairs and caution advisories still in place by the Indian government, the organisers of Busworld India - Busworld and Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd in consultation with stakeholders have decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the fair. In order to keep the industry updated with the changing business landscape in the Bus & Coach sector, the organisers will continue to host a series of virtual webinars and interactive events to keep the industry connected until its next edition in 2022.
In consultation with key OEMs and exhibitors from the bus and coach industry, the 2020 edition of Busworld India that was postponed to 6th - 8th October 2020 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru is now set to be hosted in 2022. The organisers have confirmed that the dates for the next edition of the trade fair are currently under dialogues and will be announced after detailed discussions in the coming months.
As a result of flight restrictions impeding business travel to Vietnam, Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd has announced the postponement of two of its trade fairs in the country. With a respective focus on automotive services and the safety and security industry, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam, originally scheduled to take place concurrently at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre this summer from 20 – 22 August, will be rescheduled to 2021.
Restrictions that came in to force in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to effect international travel to Vietnam. Logistical uncertainty has therefore hampered planning for the diverse international contingent of both events, with less than two months remaining before the trade fairs were scheduled to open.
“As a responsible trade fair organiser, we hold a commitment to our participants that extends beyond the fairground to also include safe and practical travel to the venue,” explained Mr Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt Group. “Given that this cannot be guaranteed, we have decided that deferring both events to 2021 is the logical course of action. Supporting government authorities, associations and industry players have shown great enthusiasm for both trade fairs to return stronger in 2021, when exhibitors will have more time to plan their travel arrangements, and the business circumstances will be more stable.”
Sector leading events for the Vietnamese market Sharing a common focus on technological innovations related to Industry 4.0, the IoT, and automation, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam provide a gateway for both local and international suppliers to establish themselves in Vietnam.
At its previous edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 359 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, as well as over 8,900 trade visitors from the automotive service industry. The fair has been gaining influence in the region since it was established in 2017 thanks to its extensive coverage of motorcycles, the commercial and passenger vehicle segments as well as automotive manufacturing and automation. The 2021 fair will take place from 30 June to 2 July at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Likewise, Secutech Vietnam, and its Fire & Safety event supported by the local fire authority, has been flourishing since its first edition in 2008, regularly achieving year on year growth in both exhibitor (2019: 380) and visitor figures (2019: 14,239). Shining a spotlight on IoT based security and smart building solutions, as well as fire safety equipment, the platform benefits from close ties with government departments and industry associations, helping it to attract a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Fire Department, the next edition will feature an expanded array of fire safety seminars and demonstrations.
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the world’s automotive industry going through a rapid transformation with tightening emission norms across the world, even the type of fuel required is changing rapidly.
One such change is the use of BioDiesel in many South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where B10, B20 is becoming the new reality. For efficient performance, the engine needs to be clean and free of deposits, as deposits lead to reduced acceleration and power loss. With such a high content of biodiesel, normal engines oils are struggling to keep the engine clean.
Valvoline, a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, has introduced an advanced range of engine oils which are BioDiesel compatible.
“Valvoline All Fleet Premium and All Fleet E700 Plus engine oils help protect the engine against oxidative thickening due to the use of BioDiesel,” says Vikas Kapur, Director, Rest of Asia, Valvoline International. “With better oxidation resistance and protection against corrosion, these products deliver exceptional performance, even with BioDiesel.”
When Tuan Haji Laili and his wife took over an express bus company in Kelantan back in 2009, they only had one goal in mind; to provide the public a service to fulfil their goals. The company, Perdana Express, started out with 4 buses and continued expanding to become one of the leading express bus provider from the East Coast region with a combined fleet of over 100 buses. Today, Perdana Express has become a premium brand that provides one of the most premium services to its customers through its investment in the right products and services.
Perdana Express’ success story went through an interesting journey as Tuan Haji Laili invested into the business with zero experience in express bus and long distance transportation. His forte is in the field of property development and construction while his wife is in management and accounting. However, the couple were determined to achieve their goal and succeed, and have been very diligent in ensuring that Perdana Express keep up the high standards that they have both set for the service.
Perdana Express understands that investing in the right bus brand is crucial. The bus needs to be sturdy to withstand the long distance driving elements and must be able to perform well with minimal impact to the environment as well as being safe and comfortable for both the passengers and the drivers. Upon doing extensive research, Tuan Haji Laili turned to Scania to provide a bus that meets his requirements. Perdana Express first purchased Scania buses back in 2010 and found the buses to have the right safety, comfort, performance and after-sales services that are in line with the company’s values.
“Scania buses have proven themselves to be the right vehicle for Perdana Express. They provide our business with very good uptime and more importantly reduced environmental impact,” commented Tuan Haji Laili, Managing Director of Perdana Express.
Perdana Express’ confidence is evident as Scania buses make up a majority of the company’s fleet and these buses have been ferrying passengers to major cities in Peninsular Malaysia safely and comfortably for more than a decade now.
Tuan Haji Laili added that Scania also provided the right services to complement the buses which contributed to Perdana Express’s success. He cited the financing of the buses via Scania Credit as an example as it was easy to conduct business with Scania Credit and the processes were systematic.The high-quality service by Scania’s skilled workshop personnel also ensure that Perdana Express buses are serviced properly giving the highest uptime to ensure that the buses can maximise the time spent on the road without any problems. Perdana Express also recently signed Maintenance and Repair & Maintenance contracts for an additional 78 of its buses to ensure its customers peace of mind during their travels.
Whilst having the right buses and services are important to the success of the business, Perdana Express did not forget that its business must also be a responsible and a good company in reducing its environmental impact. Perdana Express is adamant in ensuring its carbon footprint is reduced as it also makes business sense. For this to take place, the company once again went to Scania for its sustainable transport solutions, and this time with the Scania Ecolution partnership. Scania Ecolution’s goal is to further reduce the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of commercial vehicle operators that ultimately lead to further reduction in the total operating cost thus translating to a more sustainable and profitable business.
Upon signing as a Scania Ecolution partner back in November 2019, Perdana Express has been working diligently to ensure that it is reducing its CO2 emissions. This commitment is clear as within two months, Perdana Express has reduced its CO2 emissions by 4,052kg which is equivalent to planting approximately 60 trees that has been flourishing for the past one year. Perdana Express is also looking forward for the driver coaching as a method to improve its drivers’ performance behind the wheel that will in-turn improve the operational performance while reducing the overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
“The initial reduction in CO2 emissions is a good benchmark for us to aspire for better results. It is important for us as a premium brand to ensure that Perdana Express is able to provide our customers with the best services while taking care of the environment at the same time,” summarized Tuan Haji Laili.
With the objective to encourage Hino Malaysia staff to practice a healthy lifestyle during the Movement Control Order (MCO), where all Malaysian are advised to stay and work from home, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino) initiated this internal campaign. To keep the bonding among the staff, Hino’s management came out with the program and it is part of the concept of ‘Fun & Smile’ implied in Hino’s workplace culture.
Named “Weight Control Order (WCO)”, the campaign ran for one month (1st – 30th April 2020) and saw 30 active participants from within the Hino Malaysia staff. The challenge was simple: all participants were asked to set target for their weight loss with a minimum of 500g. All participants were having an exercise session together for 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 pm via Microsoft’s Teams platform.
As incentive, the champion won a Huawei Smart Watch, while participants who achieve the target received AEON Voucher RM100. To add another level of difficulty, the champion was not solely chosen based on the amount of weight lost, but based on the target achievement.
Example: Person A: Target to lose 1kg, Achievement: Lose 3kg Person B: Target to lose 2kg, Achievement: Lose 2kg Person B is chosen as the Champion
Emerging as the champion was Mohammad Yahiz. His weight loss was set to 5kg and he achieved his target. He is shown here receiving his prize from Mr. Atsushi Uchiyama, Managing Director of Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia).
Awards showered on Mercedes-Benz Buses: the attractive, informative online presence has received a number of awards. Recently, the focus was on its high user-friendliness. It received the "German Brand Award" for 2020 as the "winner" in the "Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation - Brand Communication – User experience" category. The German Brand Award is considered one of the leading German brand awards.
The website won three prizes in the distinguished 2020 "German Stevie Awards": the prizes awarded to the Mercedes-Benz Buses website were the "Gold Stevie" for the best overall design and the best interface design, and the "Silver Stevie" in the "Best Website – Automotive and Transportation" category. The German Stevie Awards are high-level business prizes for German-language businesses in Europe. Companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium are entitled to participate.
From the internationally renowned "Mercury Awards" for professional communication, the Mercedes-Benz Buses website also received two awards: gold in the Corporate section for its online brand presentation and silver in the Online Magazine category.
The prize-winning Mercedes-Benz Buses website not only informs about products, but also presents a wide variety of up-to-date news about buses with the three-pointed star; it also offers information for companies, drivers and friends of Mercedes-Benz Buses.
Some buses have been parked idle for a few weeks now. With the economy opening up, more and more buses and coaches are needed back on the road. However, after such an extended period of being parked, vehicles should be given a check before putting back to duty. To ensure that the vehicles are safe to operate and in good working order, MAN Truck & Bus (Malaysia) offers a "Health Check Light Package". Taking only a short while, the checklist comprises of over 30 points and will give the owner an overview of the vehicle's status. At only RM 280, the Health Check Light is available for a limited time.
Recently, 100 Yutong E12 full electric buses arrived in Kazakhstan. The first batch of 20 buses has been put into operation in the core bus routes of Nur-Sultan, capital city of Kazakhstan and the second coldest capital in the world. By participating in Busworld Central Asia last year, Yutong's pure electric buses have gained popularity in the bus industry in Kazakhstan, which helped Yutong to get this contract to a certain degree.
This is the largest single order of full electric buses in Kazakhstan and even in the CIS countries as Yutong reports. Despite Kazakhstan is the largest country of oil and gas resource in Central Asia, it is involved in the wave of global new energy development. In January 2019, the Kazakhstan customers took a Yutong full electric bus for trial operation in Nur-Sultan. Mid 2019, Kazakhstan held a bidding of new energy buses, which was won by Yutong. During winter temperature in Nur-Sultan is usually below minus 40℃. In order to conquer this freezing cold weather Yutong has taken a variety of measures on the thermal resistant performance of these full electric buses to withstand this local special climate environment and meet the full-day operational demand after being fully charged.
As of December 2019, Yutong's total sales volume in Kazakhstan since 2005 has exceeded 2,000 units, accounting for more than 40% of China's exports of large and medium-sized buses exported to the country. Yutong has exported more than 70,000 units of buses and coaches worldwide, and has achieved the sales of new energy vehicles in France, UK, Bulgaria, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Chile, Mexico, Kazakhstan, China Macau, etc. The Chinese company has more than 200 authorized service stations or service companies in overseas markets, and over 320 authorized service outlets. It has also established a number of overseas spare parts centers in Russia, Australia, Panama, South Africa, UAE and other countries.
In February, Alwyn Lau of the Malay Mail wrote an article, titled: “Malaysia’s ignored hazard: Trucks with bad tyres”. Michael Hutt, Group Marketing Manager, Kit Loong Commercial Tyre Group responds to Mr Lau's wrong and misleading statements.
Certainly, road safety in Malaysia needs a lot of improvement (The Ministry for Transport has set a 2014-2020 road safety plan that is currently not on target, so it’s clear more work needs to be done). Anyone championing road safety is an ally in the fight to create safer roads and to reduce fatalities. Some businesses do not put safety first, and even more worryingly, safety Standard Operating Procedures are not well enforced. This is cause for concern and we must pressure the right organisations, both public and private, to do their part in improvement of these areas. It is also important to recognise that cost is always an essential control in business; the balance needs to be right, but safety always comes first, and it doesn’t have to be more expensive.
However, the rest of Alwyn's article is somewhat confusing and offers nothing in terms of a practical approach to solving any issues. I want to address a few of his misleading and Inaccurate points, to set the record straight:
Firstly, Lau writes: “It’s an open secret that one of the most frequent causes of deaths on the highway are trucks, buses and lorries”.
This is incorrect by some margin. The last fully-broken-down report (www.mot.gov.my: Road Safety Plan of Malaysia 2014-2020), citing vehicle descriptions in accidents (2013) shows that 45.9 percent of all road accidents are motorcycles, with lorries and busses responsible for just under 12 percent. As an update, in 2018 (The Malaysian Reserve: “Road accidents are 4th major cause of death in 2018 say Loke"), Anthony Loke, then Minister for Transport said: “more than half of the (road) deaths, or about 66 percent, involve motorcyclists.” A 2012 report by IATSS (Science Direct “Motorcycle fatalities in Malaysia”) stated: “The analysis reveals that the highest numbers of motorcycle fatalities occur in rural locations (61 percent), on primary roads (62 percent) and on straight road sections (66 percent) ... Although fatal motorcycle crashes mostly involve ‘passenger cars’ (28 percent), motorcyclists are responsible for 50 percent of the collisions either by crashing singly (25 percent) or with other motorcyclists (25 percent).” So, there is no reason bases In fact to assume that lorries and busses are the most frequent cause of death on Malaysia's roads. It is mostly due to motorcycles in rural locations. Even if we assume Lau means ‘just’ on highways, with trucks and busses contributing just 12 percent of the overall figure, there is no possibility the comment can be true.
Lorry and bus operators need to do their part in improving safety on our roads, as heavy road users it is their responsibility to protect their drivers and other on the road, but to claim they are responsible for ‘the most frequent’ cause of deaths is false and distracts from us tackling the issues that could save the most lives.
Secondly, Lau concludes that there are two main ‘root’ causes of these accidents: “The root cause of the above kinds of accidents can be traced to two points: Greedy business owners cutting costs by refusing to maintain their trucks properly e.g. by retreading tyres instead of replacing tyres Drivers being made to drive crazy long hours with insufficient rest, yet continuously incentivised to drive even more (as this reduces the need to increase the number of drivers)”
Now, as I stated, there are some businesses that do cut corners, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s not very helpful to point this out without being able to pin-point actions to help rectify this. After all, the law is very clear in these areas. There is a general lack of enforcement of the laws that contributes to people thinking they can ‘get away with it’, when cutting corners. This has to stop. The Government is ultimately responsible for the safety of all of us and this brings us to the point where we say that human nature will mean people will try to get past the rules, so we, as an industry, along with governing bodies and associations, must have a clearer plan to make sure rules are always abided by.
MS ISO 39001:2013 Road Traffic Safety Management System (RTSMS) is a great standard and is being pushed and adopted by many in the land transport sector, but the plans for enforcement are scant. It is clearly recognised that there is a lack of systematic work and commitment among organizations that affect the safety of the road transport system. This needs to be rectified. At Kit Loong, we have a set of services called SC3OCT that are fully certified and will help companies comply with both this ISO and other relevant ISOs and lead to full compliance with Puspakom inspection standards. We would be happy to work with authorities to show how we enforce these rules and standards with our clients.
Finally, Lau asserts: “Retreaded tyres should be made illegal. Period.”
This statement shows a clear lack of understanding of what a retread is, why it exists, where it is and should be used, how it affects the environment and their benefits to both companies and the economy. In addition, it demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge about the stringent safety steps that go into making a retread tyre.
My first point is an obvious and often used one… but it shows that retreads per se are safe. Eighty percent of aircraft tyres are retreads. In the USA, in 2020, an Executive Order was signed that required Federal agencies to replace OEM tires with retreaded tires rather than new tyres whenever possible. Most tyres used on airplanes are commonly owned by the big manufactures, such as Goodyear and Bridgestone, with guarantees of a number of take-offs and landings per tyre. No airline would run the risk of using something that was innately unsafe, no manufacturer would take the responsibility if they couldn’t be sure they were also providing a product of top quality.
Let's get more into the weeds.
Malaysia has very stringent guidelines on the material used in and the actual production of retread tyres. Tyre liners have to conform to regulations set out by the Department of Standards Malaysia, (Standards Malaysia), specifically, MS 224:2005, as certified by SIRIM QAS International, which is part of The International Certification Network, which gives these products access to 37 national markets by meeting these standards. This means the materials are safe, regulated and of high enough standard for international export. Unlike ISO standards, every product must meet high criteria to meet MS224. The retread production process conforms to ISO 9001:2015, a process created for ‘quality management systems’ in the provision of retreading tyres. This is a very detailed process and is adhered to globally to produce top quality retreads. Go and visit any reputable retread factory and you will see very modern machinery and processes, alongside equipment specifically designed to make the products safe. From x-ray-like scanners to look for anomalies in the casings, through to high-pressure testing, the whole operation is designed to produce high-quality, safe retread tyres.
The US and European trucking industries are both heavy users of retread tyres. In Europe’s five top wealthiest nations (France, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy), the retread market makes up 30 percent of the total truck tyre market (ey.com/fr: "The socio-economic impact of truck tyre retreading in Europe"). This equates to 3.2 million units. The US uses 14.3 million retreads for commercial vehicles. These countries have nowhere near the level of road fatalities that we do in Malaysia, but are still keen users of retread tyres for commercial vehicles. So what’s the difference and why are perceptions here so negative?
In a word: quality. But to add some meat to the bones, it is about three main factors: casings, process and material. Not all casings are created equally. The disparity in the quality of new tyres is vast. It’s commonly accepted that half of the burst tyres you see on the road are not in fact retreads, but cheap new tyres. The ‘big’ players invest a lot of time and money into researching the safest compounds, new ways to disperse water, better ways to run tyres hotter, how to make their casings better for retreading. All of this means that some new tyres are both very safe, will travel long distances with good maintenance and be better made for retreading (all the top companies make their tyres specifically to be retreaded, just as a lot of them will retread them and sell them again under their own brands).
Process is vitally important in the creation of retreads. The very first part of the process is to grade the casings to make sure they are safe to be retreaded. This even involves x-raying the casings to make sure there are no hidden deformities in the casing. The rest of the process is similar to creating new tyres. Many retread factories have spent millions of ringgit on the latest technology to guarantee the best product. Often, a retread tyre will have the capacity for longer mileage than the original casing tread allowed. This is because often retreaders understand local issues better than global companies and can use the materials best suited to that environment, both in terms of natural and road environments.
Which brings us on to the final element, materials, which make up the ‘new’ tread applied to the casing. By using the best compounds, most suited to application and environment it is very fair to suggest that a well-produced, quality-controlled retread tyre that conforms to all local and international certification, can be as safe to use as a new tyre.
Lau mentions at the end of the article, (we must) “Limit the number of hours drivers are allowed to work.” This has nothing to do with the difference of safety between retreads and new tyres, but it is very important, and we commend him if he is to focus his time in improving workers conditions of heavy vehicle drivers. To add to this, a few other important areas need to involve both driver safety training and initiatives to create safer roads across the country.
Now, to address the main issues when it comes to retread tyres in Malaysia, so that we can actually offer some practical advice. First, only ever buy retread tyres from reputable sources, these are manufactures who have both certification, the likes of MS224, but also those producers who have retread programmes with the big tyre brands. If a tyre brand has endorsed a manufacture, it’s likely they are of a quality you can trust.
Secondly, even the best tyre will face issues if it isn’t maintained correctly, such as simple things like getting the correct inflation for the load will prolong tyre life to what is expected. These are the areas companies purchasing tyres should be focused on, and. Lau is correct to say this is their responsibility and there should be no cost cutting when it comes to safety. And the simple fact is, running a safe operation is actually more profitable than an unsafe one. A 2012 study by EY found that: “Companies in the top 20 percent of risk maturity generated three times the EBITDA as those in the bottom 20 percent.”
Lau ends his article with the statement “Puspakom, I have spoken.” This is another clear indication of him not understanding the fundamentals about the transport industry. At the time of the inspection at PUSPAKOM every six months, a commercial vehicle may be in a perfect state. However, five months later, tyres could be worn beyond the allowed limits. In that case, it would be JPJ though that is responsible to identify and enforce upon the culprit, not PUSPAKOM.