Unroadworthy vehicles are allowed to kill innocent women and children.

2015-12-15 12:38
I know that much of this may be old news to you but honest and legitimate vehicle test station owners are now fast reaching the end of the road business wise and more seriously and most importantly hundreds of innocent women, children and men are losing their lives because of fraud and corruption within the vehicle testing industry.

13 years ago I first asked the National DoT (Department of Transport) to urgently intervene and help us address the matter of fraud and corruption within our industry that if left unchecked would become disastrous. To date no positive action has been taken against known vts (vehicle test stations) who are making a fortune, tax free, by issuing illegal CRW’s (Certificate of Roadworthy) to vehicles that have not been physically presented for roadworthy tests. They are making a fortune at the expense of others lives……. I thought that it was illegal to knowingly be involved with others being killed.

Enough evidence has been submitted to put these illegal operators behind bars. A token gesture was made in 2010 when many examiners of vehicles were arrested. This was only done to keep everyone happy but to date these perpetrators still have not come before the magistrate and still are busy issuing illegal CRW’s.

It is nearly Christmas holidays and we shall soon see the Minister of Transport and all her hangers on, all dressed in their shiny uniforms, and all on the side of the road, trying to con the South African public into believing that they are on top of matters and that the Arrive Alive campaign is on track. Unfortunately the Arrive Alive campaign is long gone and dead; a total and dismal failure. Sadly, more innocent lives will be lost on our roads this Christmas, and too many due to unroadworthy vehicles..

If however, National DoT has heeded the call to address the fraud and corruption problem we would most certainly not be seeing an unacceptable 15000 road deaths a year.

What makes their deaths different?

Because of the lack of National commitment to address the problem approximately 30000 vehicles from KZN alone, every six months, were receiving illegal CRW’s from neighbouring provinces; Gauteng being the worse culprit. The reason this happens is because there is no jurisdiction into other provinces and therefore KZN could not pursue culprits effectively. However, since June of this year 2015 that has all changed in KZN and matters may now be even worse than Gauteng.

The amazing part of the whole deal is that National DoT has called upon the private sector to come up with proposals to deal with fraud and corruption. We already have but…….

Sadly it is inevitable that we shall see more road fatalities due to unroadworthy vehicles.

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