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14 tow trucks fail roadworthy test

2011-07-13 10:54

Johannesburg - Fourteen tow trucks have failed roadworthiness tests at Langlaagte testing station in Johannesburg, the Department of Transport said on Wednesday.

Gauteng traffic police took 18 trucks for testing on Monday in an operation targeting rampant non-compliance with traffic laws in the breakdown industry, said spokesperson Logan Maistry.

Only four were roadworthy, he said.

Defects included faulty lamps and brakes, loose wiring and no side-marker lamps.

Maistry said more than 10 million vehicles had been checked throughout the country in the past eight months.

 

Comments
  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 11:08

    Only 14?. How about we do corporate governance tests on the tow truck compnaies rather. Bet senior management fail the "ethics & morals" test!

      daaivarksetier - 2011-07-13 11:58

      Yes well what did you expect from sharks waiting for accidents to happen sitting in roadworthy truck the whole day and waiting for accidents. They are to lazy to lift their hand to fix stuff on their truck. Take them off the road just like the Taxi's.

  • 1gascan - 2011-07-13 11:15

    This may be an unfair comment, but in my opinion, they are hooligans. I have encountered these guys on Rivonia Road countless times doing U-Turns in traffic and even almost causing accidents themselves. I almost hit one that decided to do a U-Turn on Winter Road (where they normally park and wait for an accident to occur at that intersection). Speeding with these chaps is also very common. I understand that these guys need to make a living, but unfortunately most do so at the cost of putting other people's lives in danger - even though they are supposedly "providing a service" to the public. It is a good thing that they are clamping down on these guys in terms of roadworthiness, but it should extend further than tow trucks - all vehicles should undergo roadworthy tests on a regular basis. Just a thought...

      ratex - 2011-07-13 12:28

      Dude, they are uneducated white (could be any colour) trailer park trash. The have no special laws in terms going through intersections when the light is red, driving in the emergency lane, speeding etc. I will not move over for them ever and if it does come to drag race, well my car will easily outdrag one of ther dinky cars. My view on them is f8ck em. Respect is given where it is due.

      Zelle - 2011-07-13 12:32

      @ratex, sounds pretty much like the taxi's too!

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-13 13:54

      Not sure who's worse, these guys or taxi's, lucky there are'nt as many of them as there are taxi's. If memory serves correctly, I remember an article where these tonsils were actually putting oil on the roads at some intersections. Trust humans to find a way to make money off other people's dimise. Surely this has to be one of the most disrespected professions. (If you can call it a profession ofcause)

      Ettienne - 2011-07-13 22:31

      It is unfortunate that the unscrupulous tow operators damage the name of those who ARE ETHICAL and HONEST, doing honest business and who are professional. Yes, it is good that the NDOT is clamping down on the Industry, as it is far overdue. However, Ratex, you should not generalize. I agree that there are many rogues in the Industry, but there are those who want the Industry cleaned up and regulated. UTASA, the United Towing Association of SA, has constantly been urging the NDOT to intervene and regulate the Industry for the past four years. By having regulation, one will begin to eliminate the rogues of the industry, thereby ensuring that a, the image and perception is changed, b, that all towing operators who ABIDE by the laws, will be allowed to partake equally and fairly within the economy of South Africa, which inevitably will contribute to the fair business practices toward the consumer. For more info about UTASA, please visit www.utasa.co.za. UTASA does not condone the unprofessional and unethical practices of Towing operators. UTASA also supports the Consumer Protection Act and ensures that its members abide by it too.

      akriel3 - 2011-07-15 23:11

      Thank you Ettienne for clearing up some misconceptions. @ Ratex - you are so right, respect is indeed earned but unfortunately due to your uneducated opinon posted you certainly dont have mine. I agree that the Towing Industry has a bad reputation due to some unscrupulous, inconsiderate Towers bu...t that doesn't mean they are all 'uneducated trailer park trash'as you so impolitely worded it. Being willing to 'drag' against their 'dinky cars' implies that one could classify you amongst some of those 'uneducated people' as you too would then have no consideration for your fellow road users! I do so hope that should you require any Towing Services in future that you have the privilege of actually dealing with one of the many hardworking, honest Towing Services out there! Some advice to the members of the public:(a)DO NOT allow the Towing Co on scene to make that call to your Ins Co, do it yourself from your own phone. If you do not have their contact details phone enquiries to get it. Your Ins co will confirm whether the Towing Co on scene is an approved Service Provider as there are working agreements in place with many ethical Towing Services out there. (b)DO NOT sign a blank Tow Slip as that binds you to their Terms & Conditions. To all members of the public, my sympathy to all who have had the unfortunate dealings with some unscrupulous Towing Companies out there, trust me there are many who offer a professional service in a much needed industry in our country.

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:03

      i stick what you say they need to follow the rules as well,and it's fear if they dont comply they need to be punished. but please not all of them are criminals, hooligans. i still say, go out and make friends with them because they will go out of their way to help you the day when you need them.That's a fact.

  • mamakalami - 2011-07-13 11:23

    Believe me there's more of them which are not roadworthy - they must also check for speeding tickets, reckless driving, illegal impounds, etc.

  • ExRecce - 2011-07-13 11:32

    Morals mean nothing to these hooligans. One of my staff members had an accident not 50 m from my building one weekend. He specifically told them to take the vehicle to his place of work and he provided the addy and pointed out the building. He was loaded into an ambulance and off he went. The vehicle was towed to a yard in Weltevreden Park. A1 or something. That was the Friday afternoon. Monday the release was in excess of 8K!!! We couldn't do anything because the moved the car from one panelshop to the other. Eventually the costs accumulated way above his budget and he lost his vehicle. THEY ARE HOOLIGANS WITHOUT MORALS.

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 11:37

      A1 assist - I think they are part of the mainreef towing group. In my case, their behaviour was criminal. Doubt I am the only one.

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 11:38

      Oh, and further to your point, there is a tow industry watch dog, meant to monitor their behaviour. Don't bother. Completely useless.

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:22

      Exrecce- listen Mr no it all. on the Towing slip did it say where the car must go to. if not, they have to take it to the yard. then the Inc. or the owner of the vehicle will contact the yard to arrange where the vehicle must go. so in the future please people make sure that you fill in all the details and if the driver is not in a state to do so the trafic department will issist to take the vehilce to the towing company yard for safe keeping.

  • Papsak - 2011-07-13 11:52

    No different from their cousins who want to take to the skies now.

      ExRecce - 2011-07-13 11:56

      At least the taxi industry takes you where you want to be once you paid!! Their driving skills are a different story though.

  • ExRecce - 2011-07-13 11:58

    It would be very nice if the Dept. of transport steps in to monitor these thugs. Submit them to some or other tax too. Make them apply in triplicate at least 11 times as well. Then decline three quarters of them........ They are like a law unto themselves.

      Styvies - 2011-07-13 14:13

      Thats assuming the DoT actually works...all they are intrested in is fleecing us of our hard earned cash with useless sped trapping and exorbitant toll fees.

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:24

      Exrecce - you dont know what you talking about. please piss off.

  • I Are Bender - 2011-07-13 12:51

    I wonder what insurance companies will do when your vehicle is towed from and accident scene by an unroadworthy tow truck? If they make an accident while towing your vehicle then your vehicle will not be covered.

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 13:24

      The insurance company simply refuse to refund you the money you will have to fork out to have your vehicle released. Some how, in the middle of an accident scene, you are required by your insurer to call their offices immediatle, and arrange for an approved tow company. Broken arms or traffic police be stuffed, the insurers are the first people who need to be called. (in their opinion of course)

  • Vuyo's Wors - 2011-07-13 12:53

    I'm probably going to get stoned for what i'm about to say, but so be it. I've met a middle aged tow truck driver recently through a community project that we are both involved in, and trust me he doesn't have it easy, competition is very tough, the drivers get peanuts for their work, it's the owner of the fleet that pockets the real cash. Long hours next to the road in the cold. I agree that the industry should be monitored very closely (by whom, i have no idea) and that they need to follow the rules of the road, etc. But spare a thought for the good guys among them, i know of quite a few cases where they were the heroes in incidents not involving them directly, like crimes being commited and the "aasvoels" giving chase and aprehending the criminals.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-13 13:07

      Vuyo's Wors: I agree that the good is mainly overpowered by the bad! However, you are right! There are some good guys (just like the SAPS) which unfortunately are branded and painted with the same brush as the bad. For many years I studied, lectured and assisted at road accidents with First Aid. Until such time that a "family" decided to paint me as well. Since then I refuse to help ANYBODY not known to myself. Unfortuantely, it could be your or anyone's family which life I could have saved in future, but I'm not going through all the proceedings again!

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 13:26

      There is a overseeing body - they are called SATRA, and are of no use whatsoever.

  • Daffy - 2011-07-13 13:00

    The difference between these idiots and the other idiots (taxi drivers) is that when driving behind a taxi...you should know that it WILL suddenly stop anytime and anywhere, it will drive on the yellow lane, it will change lanes 4 times in 3 metres... These guys come flying past you out of nowhere, they u-turn just about anywhere, they tamper with robots, then wait to cash in when its accident time, they tow your car to the ends of the world so they can milk you dry. At least a taxi takes you where you wanna go..if you havent had a heart attack yet of course.

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 13:28

      Also important to note, that an investigation was done some time ago, and the drivers have cell phone blocking equipment in their vehicles, so you are unable to call your insurer to arrange an appropriate tow company. Once you use the tower on site without insurer approval, the insurance company will not pay to have your vehicle towed or stored, those become your costs.

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:32

      i think you read to many crap in the news papers Sir. there is good one and bad one. A1 Assist, First Road and believe me there is more big companies like them and they also have a policy and rules to follow. if you think they can do anything they want and so on. No they get fired very quick. make friends with them you will see and they will tell you how it works in that trade of business.

  • Valium - 2011-07-13 13:03

    Would you check the Council ambulances now?

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-07-13 13:53

    I hope they were impounded or taken off the road in some way?

  • Eskandriya - 2011-07-13 13:54

    So for those mechanically unsound tow trucks, were they towed away? By the remaining 4 that were roadworthy?

  • Southern - 2011-07-13 14:20

    10 million vehicles in eight months? That would be 1.25 million cars every month and a staggering 54,000 every working day. I do not believe that! Does SA actually have 10 Million cars? I doubt very much.

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-13 14:29

    Get these vultures off the road. They only there to create or pray on our downfall. They like under takers- they make a LIVING from the DEAD.

      Jurie - 2011-07-18 01:08

      If u ever come in an accident on a dark road and the cars coming down the road cant see your car in the middle of the road and run a 90% chance of driving into your car and getting hurt.Or and it happens that u your self is injured and cant fend for your self while u get mugged after having your accident. Please just remember to ask the VULTURE to leave so u can sit and wait for the traffic department to come and help you that is if there is a patrol vehicle available

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:37

      Yes mR Civil Rights SHIT FACE they make a living out of people like you that thinks they are the best,i'm very sure you are one of those people that will take a chance to drive under the influence or now and then speeding. Just rember you will need them one day the so called vultures off the road.

  • Victoria - 2011-07-14 13:44

    These pigs used to dice me to accident scenes when I worked for Johannesburg EMS. Many times they tried to force my ambulance to give way so they could get past. Several collegues had to remove patients from vehicles already hitched to the tow trucks. One little boy in Bloemfontein died because the vehicle he was in was towed from the scene of the accident before the paramedics got there. When his parent came round from the coma and asked where their child was, it was discovered there had been another vehicle on the scene - they traced it to a dump and found the child's body in the passenger footwell. The accident hadn't killed him, he had died later, on his own, of his injuries, in a junk yard. If there are any good ones out there, why don't you band together and form your own company. Otherwise I'm afraid you'll just get lumped in with the other murderous scum!

      Jurie - 2011-07-18 01:16

      Just remember to tell every one out there that the ambo services pay those PIGS money for every patient that gets loaded into there bus .So i ask are all the medics also pigs

      Victoria - 2011-07-19 08:36

      You talk SUCH garbage. There were EMS despatchers who sold "calls" to the tow truckers and they were disciplined immediately. Get your facts straight before commenting you moron.

      Mr Straight - 2011-07-21 10:47

      Listen to yourself your stupid B... out off al the accident that happened the last 10 years. get the stats and see how many died because of Tow truck drivers. i think you need to catch a wake up lady.

  • akriel3 - 2011-07-15 12:37

    Thank you Ettienne for clearing up some misconceptions. @ Ratex - you are so right, respect is indeed earned but unfortunately due to your uneducated opinon posted you certainly dont have mine. I agree that the Towing Industry has a bad reputation due to some unscrupulous, inconsiderate Towers but that doesn't mean they are all 'uneducated trailer park trash'as you so impolitely worded it. Being willing to 'drag' against their 'dinky cars' implies that one could classify you amongst some of those 'uneducated people' as you too would then have no consideration for your fellow road users! I do so hope that should you require any Towing Services in future that you have the privilege of actually dealing with one of the many hardworking, honest Towing Services out there! Some advice to the members of the public:(a)DO NOT allow the Towing Co on scene to make that call to your Ins Co, do it yourself from your own phone. If you do not have their contact details phone enquiries to get it. Your Ins co will confirm whether the Towing Co on scene is an approved Service Provider as there are working agreements in place with many ethical Towing Services out there. (b)DO NOT sign a blank Tow Slip as that binds you to their Terms & Conditions. To all members of the public, my sympathy to all who have had the unfortunate dealings with some unscrupulous Towing Companies out there, trust me there are many who offer a professional service in a much needed industry in our country.

      Ettienne - 2011-07-15 20:13

      Thank you Akriel3. You so hit the nail on the head. Your comments are much appreciated.

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