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South Africa’s Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI) has initiated a road safety check campaign aimed at ensuring that vehicles are roadworthy for journeys undertaken over the Christmas holiday period.
The RMI has obtained a commitment from a selection of the country’s private and municipal vehicle testing stations to provide their resources for free to conduct vehicle safety checks between December 1 and December 13.
In a similar campaign – held prior to this year’s Easter holiday period – 78% of vehicles tested for safety critical defects were found to require repairs.
“With the festive season being synonymous with a high rate of road deaths and injuries, the RMI urges all motorists to take their vehicles to participating testing stations to have them checked for safety.
The purpose is to ensure that vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, especially with regard to safety critical items that could make the difference between life and death,” said the RMI’s CEO, Jakkie Olivier.
For the festive season campaign, the RMI affiliated Vehicle Testing Association (VTA) has joined forces with the Department of Transport and Arrive Alive to launch the initiative as part of the country’s Make Roads Safe promotion.
Safety critical items participating testing stations will check for free include:
- All lights including indicators
- Seat belts
- Windscreen wipers
- Front and rear tyres
- Brakes front and rear, including the parking brake
- Steering mechanisms including control arms, steering boxes and tie rod ends
- Front and rear suspension
- Exhaust system
- Wheel alignment.
Operators of non-RMI affiliated testing stations have been asked by the RMI to commit their resources to the campaign.
“We would like to check as many vehicles as possible,” said Olivier.
“The aim is to help to reduce the high level of road deaths and injuries that occur over this period.”
For details of participating testing stations contact the RMI’s regional offices at Johannesburg 011 789 2542; Pretoria 012 348 9311; Port Elizabeth 041 364 0070; Cape Town 021 939 9440; Durban 031 266 7031.
Unfortunately the Free State, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape are not included in this campaign.