Trucks suspended in RTI safety blitz

2013-09-23 00:00

FOLLOWING the horrific accident that occurred on Field’s Hill recently, the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) is intensifying its efforts to ensure trucks travelling on the roads are safe.

These safety inspections are part of ongoing checks on the state of the trucks throughout province. It is suspected that the brakes of the truck involved in the Field’s Hill accident failed. At the Mkondeni testing station in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning, 16 trucks were suspended from the road for various defects, including faulty brakes.

Colin Govender from the RTI head quarters said: “The reason we are intensifying our efforts with the heavy motor vehicles is to ensure motorists travelling among [them] are safe. We are ensuring that that the heavy motor vehicles are safe and road- worthy to prevent disasters like the Field’s Hill collision.”

Although these inspections are done regularly, another reason the RTI were intensifying inspections this weekend was the heavy traffic expected this long weekend.

“Increased volume of traffic is expected on the national corridor from Johannesburg to Durban. Many heavy motor vehicles travel on this road. It is vital that the trucks on this road are safe,” Govender told The Witness.

If a truck is suspended it may not be driven out of the testing station. The licence disk is removed from the truck and it has to be towed out of the station.

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