- Bakwena used a range of Kia vehicles to assist in road safety measures along the N1 and N4.
- It's the third time Kia has supplied vehicles to the road operator to assist during traffic-dense periods.
- Partnerships are seen as essential mechanisms to alleviate road fatalities in South Africa.
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Various authorities utilised two Kia Pegas models and a Sonet, Sportage, Sorento and Grand Sedona to assist Road Incident Management Services in increasing and boosting route surveillance, crash assistance, and patrol support throughout the busy Easter Weekend.
Kia South Africa lent Bakwena six vehicles to patrol the N1-N4 route. Thanks to the carmaker's involvement and the combined efforts of the various law-enforcement agencies, the result was a decrease in fatalities despite substantial peak-hour traffic volumes.
This is Kia's third consecutive year and parent company Motus' 11th year of partnering with Bakwena.
Committed to boosting road safety in SA
While delivering the Preliminary Easter report, which recorded a decrease in the number of road fatalities compared with 2021's figures, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula remarked that this Easter's success will add momentum to efforts to reduce road fatalities by 25% by 2024.
According to Kia South Africa's CEO, Gary Scott: "Improving road safety is a challenge most effectively tackled through partnership. As a local company, owned and managed by locals, Kia South Africa is proud to partner with Bakwena and Motus to ensure safe road usage for all South Africans."
Bakwena spokesperson Solomon Kganyago says one fatality is too many: "Efforts to improve road safety in South Africa require the joint efforts of all stakeholders, to use our influence and the resources that we have to intensify road safety initiatives throughout the year, focusing on road safety education and awareness to strive for zero fatalities along the N1-N4 route."