Emphasising its continued commitment to safety, Volvo Trucks South Africa has made an investment of R6,5-million at its Durban SKD manufacturing plant to allow for the installation and calibration of selected safety features that were previously not available locally.

“Volvo Trucks prides itself with regard to safety – it has always been one of our core values,” says Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa.

“We believe that all original equipment manufacturers in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions for their customers as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users.”

The investment will allow the facility to calibrate and fit features to Volvo Trucks equipped with electronic brake systems, electronic stability control and disc brakes, while features that form part of Volvo’s Active Safety Package – which were recently introduced to the local market – will be available as options.

The Volvo Active Safety package consists of adaptive cruise control with forward and emergency braking, lane keeping support, lane changing support, driver alert support and Alcolock – a factory fitted electronic breath alcohol analyser designed to curb alcohol related accidents.

“The Volvo Active Safety Package is making the world’s safest Volvo Truck even safer,” explains Christensson. “This is a ground breaking way of increasing road safety even more and is a feature all OEMs should consider.”