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Legal crooker

I have to concede that whoever came up with the idea of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) must have had a brilliant mind. Of course, back in the old days, the wad of income tax we paid automatically included an allocation to build and maintain roads, enhance road safety, and so on...

 

Safety first

You might have heard recently about the motorist who stopped to investigate a knocking noise under his car and jacked it up to take a look. While he was under his vehicle the jack broke and he was crushed to death.

 

Death toll rising

The astonishing controversy over road death statistics during the 2009/10 holiday period has already made headlines country-wide. While the Department of Transport (DoT) could have managed the crisis with greater dignity and a humble mea culpa, they chose instead to brazen it out for a week with critics and the media, badly losing face.

 

Paying the penalty

By now the story of Sizwe Shezi, the guy from Durban who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for skipping a red traffic light, has been well ventilated.  The general consensus seems to be that the sentence was too harsh. I differ. You’re more likely to be killed in a traffic crash than to be murdered in South Africa, and sentencing for traffic offences should proceed accordingly.

   

Dire interpretations

David Powels, head of Naamsa and CEO of Volkswagen South Africa, gave a speech at South African Automotive Week which raised the spectre of the SA motor-industry vanishing in seven to 10 years.

 

Municipal mismanagement

You may have seen the story about KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) municipalities wanting to introduce a fuel levy to bail them out of their perilous financial circumstances. The vehicle owners who will be paying that levy are therefore quite entitled to raise an eyebrow in query.

 

Driving the SA gauntlet

We lead by example and we learn by example. Like with most other activities, this has a marked effect on the way you drive. In a developed country, it would be unusual if you could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times you see a police or traffic officer not wearing a seatbelt, or driving in a lawless fashion.

   
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