JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Police and soldiers are likely to continue their presence at Covid roadblocks for some time to come despite the latest step down to Level 3 so drivers might reasonably expect further physical behaviour from the two forces. Most will probably continue to be civil to the people - you and I who… Continue reading Road blocks: Just chill, relax, and all should be fine
LONDON, England - Road safety advocate and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist in the UK is asking drivers to pay close attention to their road speed during the ''empty roads'' syndrome - and it is equally important here in South Africa.GEM says speed limits still apply; ignoring them is asking for trouble - both financially… Continue reading Shutdown speeding: It’s tempting, but just don’t do it
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Following the directive issued by South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa South Africa entered a 21-day national lockdown from midnight on March 26 2020 - but has everybody heeded his clarion call?Traffic data from Tracker shows yes - and,, really, no... Here;s how well the roads lockdown is (or isn't) working thanks to… Continue reading Lockdown! How well did your area comply on SA’s roads?
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Any company still having doubts about AARTO, its implementation, and their driver'(s), well, driving, should read this item before the regulations' drawbridge drops. Why? Because, according to MasterDrive's bossman Eugene Herbert, things can go from bad to catastrophic in one day. Here's how... A company employee driving at 90km/h in a… Continue reading AARTO: Get ready for June or you could see your ar…rto
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The Audi driver who recorded himself apparently driving at 308km/h on a Johannesburg freeway has been arrested and it is possible his adrenalin was peaking at ''high'' so he was probably not considering the possible consequences. That, at least, is the belief of MasterDrive MD Eugene Herbert who frequently serves The Corner… Continue reading How a traffic arrest can change the rest of your life
Economic pressure is making South African vehicle owners push their tyres much further than the safe threshold of their lifespan, leading to an increase in vehicle accidents. Dries Venter, technical manager at Bridgestone South Africa, explains how a multi-agency approach can help personal and business drivers make better decisions to save lives while keeping their… Continue reading Tough times tough on tyre-buying – but don’t take chances
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The Automobile Association in South Africa believes that, in its current form, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill is cause for concern. The AA believes the Bill is slanted more towards revenue collection - money for the government - than on improving road safety through the threat of serious… Continue reading Aarto Bill: Is the ANC just looking to top up its piggy bank?
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Three teenagers were killed and another seriously injured in kwaZulu-Natal when a taxi driver ran a red light and mowed them down as they crossed the road. The local people reported that taxis were often driven recklessly in the area; unfortunately that's true in many parts of South Africa - a national… Continue reading Comment: The killer culture of disobeying road laws
LONDON, England - British Road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has asked courts across Britain to get tough on drivers and riders who accumulate 12 penalty points on their licences. The call came as a further example emerged of a driver who successfully invoked the ''exceptional hardship'' excuse to persuade magistrates that he should… Continue reading Here’s a lesson for South Africa about criminal road users
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Vehicle owners in South Africa could soon be forced to pay traffic fines and even see their driving licence tagged or revoked WITHOUT ANY RECOURSE TO A COURT but simply on the ''evidence'' of (possibly deficient or irregularly set up) speed-trapping equipment. Or possibly corrupt traffic officers - both local… Continue reading Traffic fines: You’ll be deemed guilty – no recourse to a court allowed