How to Start a Trucking Business in south africa

What are the ongoing costs involved in a trucking business in South Africa?

Besides capital outlay for equipment and vehicles, other expenses have to be considered are:

  • Garage or other facilities for vehicles stored at business premises
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Accounting/invoicing
  • Routine servicing and maintenance of vehicles
  • Salaries
  • Fuel costs
  • Cleaning
  • Traffic fines
  • Parking costs incurred for business use
  • Toll charges incurred for business use

What type of insurance is needed for a transport and logistics company?

  • Drivers’ liability
  • Comprehensive insurance

How to start?

Step 1: Write a business plan

Just like you’d begin a new job with a fresh perspective and set of goals, you’ll also want to start your new trucking company with an organized plan.

what is a business plan? A business plan is a formal document that details the goals of a business, the strategy that will be used to achieve those goals. The purpose of writing a business plan is to provide you, the entrepreneur with a crystal clear picture of the likelihood of success for your business in a rapid and ever fluctuating dynamic business environment….. read more on how to write a business plan

Step 2: Register your business

follow the link for step by step guide on how you register your business in click here

Step 3: Obtain necessary business licenses and permits

Management and or owners should have qualifications such as the National Certificate in Professional Driving would be a benefit, as this qualification offers a broad range of skills including:

  • Customer relations
  • Financial planning
  • Self-development
  • Freight loading
  • Abnormal loads
  • Operating a vehicle combination.
  • Crane operation
  • Occupational health and safety


A heavy duty driver’s license (code 10 to code 14) is essential. Hire legally qualified truck drivers. Do extensive background checks on your drivers before hiring them.

Drivers’ Licenses

Unlike the old public driving permit (PDP), which was only required by drivers of public carrier vehicles, the professional driving permit (PrDP) is also required by drivers employed by companies carrying their own goods. Drivers of the following vehicles must hold a license card, endorsed with an appropriate PrDP:

  • Heavy goods vehicle, loaded or empty – (codes C1, C, EC1 and EC)
  • Taxi or other vehicle carrying paying passengers (e.g. an ambulance)
  • Bus above 3 500 kg GVM – (codes C1, C, EC1 and EC)
  • Bus or minibus with seating for more than 12 including the driver

Regulations and Risks

The driver must be at least 25 years old and permits must be issued to carry:

  • Class 1: Explosives
  • Class 2: Gases
  • Class 3: Flammable liquids
  • Class 4: Other flammables
  • Class 5: Oxidisers and Organic peroxides
  • Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
  • Class 7: Radioactive
  • Class 8: Corrosives
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous, Difficulties in classification (includes generic or not otherwise specified substances, mixtures, waste and precedence of hazards.

important links you must follow:

Road Freight Association (RFA)

 Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA)

step 4: Funding your business

You can finance your business by any or all of the following ways:

  1. Fund your startup yourself.
  2. Pitch your needs to friends and family.
  3. Applying for a Business loan
  4. Finding your business through crowdfunding
  5. Apply to local angel investor

Investors invest into things that they know and understand, only talk to investors who know your industry. Conversations with anyone else are unlikely to be productive. You also want to do some research into your investor. To fnd out What does an investor really want to see from your business pitch read more

Step 5: Buy or lease the right equipment

The proper equipment can make the difference between success and failure. When selecting equipment for your trucking company, consider the following items:

  • Can the vehicle accommodate the needs of your cargo? For instance, if you are transporting perishable items, you might consider a refrigerated compartment.
  • Is buying or leasing equipment a better option for your new business?

Trucks for sale:

  1. truck and trailer 
  2. mascus

Truck lease:

  1. mercedes-benz
  2. spartan truck hire
  3. power truck hire