Vehicle test chamber at SABS – a response 

Vehicle test chamber at SABS – a response 

In reaction to the ‘Vehicle thermal tests at SABS – will it succeed?’ article by John Ackermann published in the March / April edition, we have the following response from the perspective of the vehicle body manufacturer.

By Clinton Holcroft, managing director of Serco

We support building thermally better insulated bodies with the objective to reduce carbon footprints and help the end user maintain an efficient cold chain.

An obstacle remains, that is the high cost of the test, which is compounded by the need for multiple tests while the manufactures adjust their body design to comply and achieve the thermal performance standards set.

A suggestion is a substantial reduction for a phase in period of about 12 months considering a reduced fee for retesting, as required. This will encourage buy-in to the process and ultimately lead to raising local standards.

The cost is currently around R48 600 for a non-certified test and R64 800 for a full certification. This is excessive considering the tough economic conditions and the need to do multiple tests during the start-up and compliance phase. A development phase is necessary to get the project off the ground.

Some bold steps are needed to make the test cost effective. Unfortunately, if there aren’t any concrete steps to address this, the test chamber will likely become a white elephant and a wasted resource.



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