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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Operate a vehicle combination, consisting of a drawing vehicle and trailer/s 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10974  Operate a vehicle combination, consisting of a drawing vehicle and trailer/s 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2003-12-03  2006-06-29  SAQA 1351/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-06-29   2010-06-29  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
123254  Operate a vehicle combination  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The Learner will be capable of:

Operating a Vehicle Combination in accordance with Legal; Safety; Manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on the manner in which the vehicle is operated. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
What the Learner should know and be able to do, before starting this unit:
  • ABET IV English Literacy
  • ABET III Numeracy
  • Learner will have achieved the Unit Standard: 'Operate a Rigid Vehicle'. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    1. Trailer refers to one of the following:
  • Drawbar trailer with a turn table;
  • Semi-trailer (i.e. a trailer coupled through a 5th wheel).

    2. Trailer must have a minimum mass of 2 tons gvm.

    3. Articulation point refers to any coupling point either through:
  • A fifth wheel; or
  • A turn table of a drawbar trailer; or
  • Couple interface between drawbar and drawing vehicle.

    4. Competence on the driving outcome for vehicles over 3,5 tons gvm, should be assessed on:
    a) At least 2 of the following gearbox types:
  • Synchro-mesh;
  • Non-synchro mesh;
  • Automatic.
    b) At least 2 of the following retardation systems:
  • Engine brakes;
  • Drive line retarders (electro-magnetic and Hydraulic);
  • Exhaust brakes.

    5. Competence should be proven on a loaded vehicle- loaded implies a vehicle loaded to at least 25 percent of its rated capacity.

    6. The learner's portfolio should prove that the learner has accumulated at least 40 hours of driving which includes:
    a) Driving in wet weather conditions - at least 10 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    b) Mountain/hill driving - at least 20 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    c) Loading and off-loading in confined spaces - at least 5 hours or practically demonstrated competence.

    7. The relevant Professional Driving Permit, will have to be obtained, before the learner can be credentialled on this unit standard. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare vehicle combination for a trip. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Vital vehicle components are inspected in a systematic way in order to comply with the Road Traffic Act of 1993, as well as safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components: exterior of vehicle; interior of vehicle; fluid levels; brakes; vehicle equipment and articulation points.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Vehicle inspection is recorded legibly and in accordance with operational requirements/specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All vehicle defects are identified and reported accurately; comprehensively and timeously, so that the necessary actions to rectify defects are initiated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. All prescribed and or other relevant preliminaries are executed (e.g. brake tests and start up procedures). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Drive a vehicle combination. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Drive a vehicle combination in accordance with K53, Manufacturer, Legal and Defensive driving requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Vehicle combination is driven and manoeuvred in accordance with the K53 standard; manufacturer specifications and provisions of the Road Traffic Act of 1993. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Vehicle combination is driven to actively prevent accidents; injury to people or damage to property/ vehicle; despite the incorrect actions of others; adverse conditions (Application of Defensive Driving Principles). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Vehicle and cab instruments are monitored for malfunctions and appropriate action is taken, where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Vehicle combination is parked; shut down and secured in accordance with manufacturer specifications; traffic regulations and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Vehicle combination is driven in a manner which takes cognisance of the articulation point/s. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Reflect on vehicle performance, as well as the manner in which he/she operates the vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Learner is able to explain the effect that each of the weather/road/traffic conditions, as stipulated in the range statement, has on vehicle performance and driver actions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Learner is able to explain the influence of driver actions on the cost effective and efficient operation of the vehicle combination. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Couple and uncouple a drawing vehicle and trailer/s. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Appropriate procedures (according to trailer type) for coupling and uncoupling are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All systems connecting trailer to drawing vehicle are functional when coupling. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Suzi-Pipes;
  • Electrical connections;
  • Fifth Wheel;
  • Locking Pin.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All systems are correctly disconnected, when uncoupling. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Reflect on the impact of additional trailers on the dynamics of the vehicle combination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Learner explains how the interaction of the following aspects impact on the stability of the vehicle combination:
  • Mass of individual vehicle units in the combination.
  • Speed of the combination.
  • Direction of travel.
  • Road surface.
  • Load distribution. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation process and criteria to be established by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurer. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Learner will be able to explain:

    1. Road Traffic Act 1993; pertaining to the operating of a vehicle combination.

    2. The effect that each of the weather/road/traffic conditions, as stipulated in the range statement, has a vehicle performance, as well as driver actions.

    3. Measures to maximize cost-effectiveness and efficient operation of vehicle.

    4. Coupling and uncoupling procedures.

    5. Effect of the following aspects on the stability of the vehicle combination:
    i) Mass of individual units in the combination
    ii) Speed of the combination
    iii) Direction of travel
    iv) Road surface
    v) Load distribution. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems (so that environmental risks and mechanical problems are foreseen and timeously resolved, or when an emergency situation arises). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and activities (to meet deadlines and to meet hygiene and housekeeping requirements). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (so that problems are reported). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems (by taking environmental hazards and other road users into account, when driving). 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 123254, which is ''Operate a vehicle combination'', Level 4, 20 credits.

    1. The following assessment methods must be regarded as minimum requirements for the assessment of learner competence:
    i) Questioning
    ii) Practical Driving Test
    iii) Portfolio of evidence of past driving experience as per Range Statement.

    2. Credentialling Certificate must stipulate the following aspects regarding the learner's assessment:
  • License Code;
  • Vehicle make;
  • Type and configuration, used in assessment;
  • Gearbox type used in assessment;
  • Retardation system used in assessment.

    3. If the Learner is assessed on any additional aspects, as mentioned in 2, these will be added to the certificate. No additional credits will be accumulated. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  13716   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-06-29  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Agisanang SA Training 
    2. Algoa Bus Company 
    3. Buscor 
    4. Gerotek Test Facilities 
    5. Hazchemwize PTY Ltd 
    6. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    7. Ikaheng HR Solutions Pty Ltd 
    8. Inkqubela Consultants 
    9. Intercape Mainliner 
    10. Learncorp 
    11. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    12. Makwedeng Training 
    13. Maliwa Investment (Pty)Ltd 
    14. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    15. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    16. Primeserv Corporate Solutions Pty Ltd 
    17. PUTCO Pty Ltd 
    18. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    19. Safe and Eco Driving Pty Ltd 
    20. SPINA Consultancy cc Cape Town 
    21. THABO Training and Services 
    22. TIESPRO (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.