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

Operate a rigid vehicle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10953  Operate a rigid vehicle 
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  32 
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
123253  Operate a rigid heavy vehicle  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15  Complete 

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

Operating a Rigid Vehicle 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Rigid vehicle refers to a motorised fixed chassis vehicle.
  • 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 1 of the following retardation systems (refers to a braking system fitted on a vehicle, in addition to brake systems, as required by law).
    Engine brakes
    Drive line retarders (electro-magnetic and Hydraulic)
    Exhaust brakes
    c) Service brake system
  • Competence should be proven on a loaded vehicle- loaded implies a vehicle loaded to at least 25 percent of its rated capacity.
  • The learner`s portfolio should prove that the learner has accumulated at least 100 hours of driving which includes:
    a) Driving in wet weather conditions - at least 5 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    b) Driving on dirt roads - at least 5 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    c) Night driving - at least 20 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    d) Mountain/hill driving - at least 5 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    e) Urban driving - at least 10 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    f) Driving in peak traffic conditions - at least 10 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    g) Freeway driving - at least 5 hours or practically demonstrated competence.
    h) At least 5 hours with a combination of any 3 of the above.
  • The relevant driving license as well as 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 a vehicle 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. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components: exterior of vehicle; interior of vehicle; fluid levels; brakes and vehicle equipment.
     

    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 timorously, 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 rigid vehicle in accordance with K53, Manufacturer, Legal & Defensive driving requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Vehicle 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 is driven to actively prevent accidents; injury to people or damage to property/vehicle; despite the incorrect actions of others or 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 is parked; shut down and secured in accordance with manufacturer specifications; traffic regulations and operational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle emergency situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergencies are dealt with and reported according to operational procedures and legal requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency situations can include, but are not limited to: Incidents, Accidents, Breakdowns, Fire on vehicle, Medical emergency, Hi-jacking, Mechanical failure (e.g. burst tyre).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    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. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Learner is able to explain the effect of internal psychological responses (e.g. stress) and medical condition on driving performance and how to manage these. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Learner is able to explain the following with regard to each of the vehicle components stipulated in the "embedded knowledge" category:
  • The function of the component
  • The location of the component
  • The effect of the component on the safe and efficient operation of the vehicle
  • How the different components interact with one another
  • The effect of weather/road/traffic conditions, as stipulated in the range statement, on each of the components. 


  • 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 
    1. The following vehicle components
  • Electrical system
  • Cooling System
  • Lubrication System
  • Fuel
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
  • Differential Lock
  • Brake system
  • Tyres
  • Retardation devices
  • Cab instruments and warning devices

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

    3. 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.

    4. Procedures and reporting for emergencies as stipulated in the range statement.

    5. Application of fire extinguisher fitted on vehicle.

    6. Operational rationale for vehicle inspections.

    7. Defect reporting procedure.

    8. Measures to minimize risk of hi-jacking.

    9. Measures to maximise cost-effectiveness and efficient operation of vehicle.

    10. Effects of internal psychological responses (e.g. stress) and medical condition on driving performance. 


  • 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 123253, which is "Operate a rigid heavy vehicle", Level 4, 15 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. Credentialing Certificate must stipulate the following aspects regarding the learner`s assessment:
    i) License Code;
    ii) Vehicle make; Type and configuration, used in assessment;
    iii) Gearbox type used in assessment;
    iv) 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
    Core  49555   National Certificate: Operation of Mobile Explosives Manufacturing Units  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Core  13716   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-06-29  TETA 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  50021   Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24218   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Africa Training Centre 
    2. Agisanang SA Training 
    3. Algoa Bus Company 
    4. Buscor 
    5. Eastcape Training Centre 
    6. Gerotek Test Facilities 
    7. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    8. Greystones Cargo Systems 
    9. Hazchemwize (PTY) Ltd 
    10. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    11. Ikaheng HR Services Pty Ltd 
    12. Inkqubela Consultants 
    13. Intercape Mainliner 
    14. Learncorp 
    15. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    16. Makwedeng Training 
    17. Maliwa Investment (Pty)Ltd 
    18. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    19. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    20. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    21. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    22. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    23. Primeserv Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    24. PUTCO Limited 
    25. Q4 Training Solutions 
    26. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    27. Safe and Eco Driving (Pty) Ltd 
    28. SPINA Consultancy cc Cape Town 
    29. THABO Training and Services 
    30. TIESPRO (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Value Logistics Limited 



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