New speed governors for SA vehicles in the pipeline

2016-12-20 06:01
AA has welcomed changes to road traffic legislation which will require public transport and goods vehicles registered from 1 December 2016. PHOTO: supplied

AA has welcomed changes to road traffic legislation which will require public transport and goods vehicles registered from 1 December 2016. PHOTO: supplied

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WITH the high rate of accidents on the road every day the AA has welcomed changes to road traffic legislation, which will require public transport and goods vehicles registered from 1 December to be fitted with speed governors.
According to an AA press statement, amendments to SA’s road rules - first published in 2014 - will only allow minibus taxis to drive at a maximum speed of 100km/h.
“Governors will be required for any minibus, midibus, or bus, as well as goods vehicles with a mass exceeding 3 500kg.
“The vehicles are required to be governed to the speed limits applicable to each category. In the case of minibuses, midibuses, and buses, the governed speed will be 100km/h. Goods vehicles over 3 500kg, but below 9 000kg, will be governed to 100km/h.
Goods vehicles over 9 000kg will be governed to a maximum speed of 80km/h.
“Buses and minibus taxis are frequently observed driving well in excess of posted legal limits, often in situations where their speed considerably exceeds that of the general traffic speed.
“The risk of such large speed differentials is well documented and the introduction of governors will combat this problem over the next several years as end-of-life buses and minibus taxis are phased out.

Fever spoke to commuters to get their views

Ntombenhle Khanyile: “I think this will reduce the amount of accidents especially of vehicles carrying passengers because drivers carry the lives of people in their hands.”

Nkosi Phungula: “A lot of drivers who carry passengers and goods drive recklessly and don’t care about other motorists so the speed governors will definitely make a difference on our roads.”

Sphamandla Dimba: “That is such a good idea. It means there will be fewer accidents in the roads. I think the AA should also speak to government officials about making the left lane only for trucks carrying goods - that can also be a good idea.”

AA also stated the additional draft road and traffic regulations in the pipeline will include:

  • • Drivers to be re-evaluated when renewing a licences;
    • No more than five people to be carried in a bakkie load bed;

    • Children not to be transported in a bakkie load bed;

    • Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas,
    from 100km/h to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120km/ to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area; and

    • Goods vehicles above 9 000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak travelling times.

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