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Be safe this Easter holiday – road safety tips for a safer journey!

Keys drunk driving

South Africa has one of the highest road death rates in the world with almost 32 deaths per 100 000 people. That translates to at least 1 200 people dying on our roads every month – and alcohol remains a major factor, with statistics from 2013 showing that the death toll caused by drunk drivers has increased to nearly 12 000 annually.

To avoid becoming a statistic and leaving behind a devastated family, responsibility must fall on each and every road user. The Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa says it best: we all need to lead by example and be the safest of drivers. And if you do drink, don’t drive – there are options available to help you get home safely, such as MiWay’s WeDrive service.

Here are some essential road safety tips:

  • Always wear a seatbelt and ensure that your passengers do so too.  Ensure that car seats for children are installed and used correctly.
  • Never drink and drive.  Statistics reveal that 50% of road deaths result from driving under the influence of alcohol. MiWay clients with MiHelp Roadside Assist automatically receive six free WeDrive trips a year; no activation or upfront costs.
  • Avoid driving if you are fatigued.  If you drive long distances, be sure to stop and rest.  Relax and stretch every two hours or 200km.
  • Always obey the speed limit.  Speed kills!
  • Change lanes only when it is safe to do so and adhere to the rules of the road.
  • Avoid being distracted by passengers, mobile phones, etc. The use of a mobile phone while driving is illegal and extremely dangerous.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.  Service your vehicle at regular intervals with an accredited workshop or dealership and ensure that your vehicles tyres are safe and in a roadworthy condition.
  • Maintain a safe following distance of two seconds and keep a safe stopping distance.
  • If you break down, turn the hazard lights on immediately, move the car to safety out of the flow of traffic and do not get out of the car unless it is safe to do so.  As a MiWay client you can contact Roadside Assistance on 0860076764.
  • Switch on your lights.  No matter what time of the day or night, always make sure you are visible to other road users.

If you are taking a road trip this Easter holiday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says motorists should be aware of potholes and drive with caution. RTMC officials also warn that drivers should be alert to oncoming cars, as they may swerve to avoid potholes and divert into your path.

In the past, the N1, N2 and N3 have reported the highest traffic volumes.

Finally, if you’re planning a night out on the town and don’t feel confident to drive, find a suitable drive-home-assist service. Check if your insurer includes a facility. MiWay provides WeDrive for its motor insurance customers.

WeDrive is available in the following cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. The operational hours are:

  • Weekdays, Mondays to Thursday: 16h30 – 03h00 (last bookings by 02h00)
  • Weekends, Fridays to Mondays: 16h30 – 03h00 (last bookings by 01h00)
  • Calls for collection need to be made by 01h00 over weekends and trips on public holidays need to be booked by 17h00 the day before. Peak times include public holidays (the night before and on the day) and in some instances major public events that happen within the covered areas.

Ensure that you pre-book your drive-home-assist service beforehand to avoid disappointments.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Keeping everyone safe on the roads is only possible if every individual makes obeying the rules of the road their personal business.

[Suggestions provided by Rory Judd, MiWay Head of Online Marketing / MiWay is an Authorised Financial Services Provider (Licence no: 33970)]

[MiWay Insurance Limited (‘MiWay’) is a direct, short-term insurance company, offering customers a range of short-term insurance products including motor, household and homeowners insurance as well as add-on products such as warranty cover and liability cover. MiWay's shareholder is Santam, a blue-chip JSE-listed company.]

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Easter 2014 Road Safety Tips

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New-Look Quantum Means Business

Quantum crew cab

2014 Toyota Quantum Crew Cab


  • New look front and rear
  • New interior features
  • All-new Crew Cab variant


One van, so many combinations… No matter what your transport needs are the hard-working Toyota Quantum range delivers the goods, offering the perfect business solution, whether you require a load-lugging panel van or an executive shuttle.

Available in three body styles (panelvan, crew cab and bus), three wheelbases (Standard, Long and Super Long), three roof heights (low, medium and high) and two body widths – Narrow and Wide. It also comes with a choice of engines – the 2.7-liter VVTi gasoline or the super-efficient 2.5 turbo-diesel.

The Quantum’s visage looks more robust with newly designed headlamps incorporating radiator grille openings that are larger and adopt Toyota’s trademark trapezoidal shape.

The new front bumper has sharper edges that add to the visual strength while the corners have been pulled back slightly to emphasise the more dynamic face.

At the back changes are a tad more subtle – there are new tail light clusters and the tailgate’s exterior handle has been repositioned for enhanced ergonomic efficiency.

Quantum crew cab 2

2014 Toyota Quantum Crew Cab

An all-new addition to the Quantum range is the Crew Cab. This multi-tasker is based on the Super Long wheelbase, wide-body, high-roof variant and is available in either petrol or diesel.


Of course its raison d’etre is the second row of seating which allows ample space for six people as well as all their gear thanks to the extra-long loadbox. Twin sliding side doors with windows provide airy access to the rear and flexible seating means that the rear pews can be folded up or completely removed to accommodate extra cargo.


Another nifty feature is the middle front seat – when not in use the backrest can be folded forward to provide a convenient table with additional cupholders.

According to Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Toyota South Africa Motors, the Quantum’s appeal is clear: “The Toyota Quantum enjoys a legendary reputation for quality, durability, reliability and class-leading cost of ownership, underpinned by high residual values.


“The latest product enhancements introduced for the 2014 model year are designed to make the latest model even more versatile and offer business users superior quality during their working day.”

quantum crew cab 2014 inside

2014 Toyota Quantum Crew Cab

Quantum Key Specs



10- seater bus


10-seater bus


14-seater bus


14-seater bus

2.7 Crew Cab 2.5 Crew Cab 2.7 SLWB Panel Van 2.5 SLWB Panel Van 2.7 LWB Panel Van 2.5 LWB Panel Van
Engine 2.7 VVTi 2.5 D 2.7 VVTi 2.5 D 2.7 VVTi 2.5 D 2.7 VVTi 2.5 D 2.7 VVTi 2.5 D
Power 111/4800 75/3600 111/4800 75/3600 111/4800 75/3600 111/4800 75/3600 111/4800 75/3600
Torque 241/3800 260/1600-2400 241/3800 260/1600-2400 241/3800 260/1600-2400 241/3800 260/1600-2400 241/3800 260/1600-2400
Fuel tank 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres 70 litres
Rear window washer x x x x            
Air conditioner x x x x            

(+ CD, USB & RDS)

x x x x            
Speakers 4 4 6 6 2 2 2 2 2 2
ABS x x x x x x x x x x
SRS Airbags Driver & pass. Driver & pass. Driver & pass. Driver &


Driver Driver Driver Driver Driver Driver
Immobiliser x x x x x x x x x x
Wireless door lock x x x x            
Standard Wheelbase 4695mm                 x x
Long Wheelbase

4840 mm

x x                
Super Long


5380 mm

    x x x x x x    





10- seater bus


10-seater bus


14-seater bus


14-seater bus

2.7 Crew Cab 2.5 Crew Cab 2.7 SLWB Panel Van 2.5 SLWB Panel Van 2.7 LWB Panel Van 2.5 LWB Panel Van
Low roof


                x x
Med. roof


x x                
High roof 2285 mm     x x x x x x    
Narrow body

1695 mm

                x x
Wide body

1880 mm

x x x x x x x x    
Towing capacity (w/o brake) 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg 400 kg
Towing capacity (with brake) 1400 1000 1400 1000 1400 1000 1400 1000 1400 1000


Pricing, servicing and warranty


Quantum 2.7P Panel Van                               :           R305 600

Quantum 2.5 D-4D Panel Van                       :           R334 400

Quantum 2.7 Petrol S-Long PV                      :           R345 400

Quantum 2.5 D-4D S-Long PV                      :           R362 300

Quantum 2.7 Petrol 10-s bus                          :           R394 400

Quantum 2.7 Petrol 14-s bus                          :           R409 400

Quantum 2.5 D-4D 10-s bus                          :           R423 500

Quantum 2.5 D-4D 14-s bus                          :           R426 300

Quantum 2.7P Crew Cab                               :           R355 100

Quantum 2.5 D-4D Crew Cab                        :           R372 000


The new Quantum Bus, Panel Van and Crew Cab range benefit from a three year/100,000km warranty and come with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan. The new models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme which entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance, ensuring ultimate peace-of-mind motoring.

Quantum crew cab inside 2

Where does the law stipulate do I need to attach the number plates to my vehicle?


If I drive my motor vehicle on a public road, and my rear numberplate affixed to my vehicle. My front number plate is on my front dashboard and traffic cop stops me, he said that my plate must be affixed to the front. I mentioned to him that the number plate is to the front. It stipulate in the act to the front. Can you please advise me where it must be affixed. Because I think this officer is harassing me. Please help me with an answer.


The officer is 100% correct. The number must be fixed – see reg 35(7)


Display of licence number

Reg 35.     (1)          The licence number of a motor vehicle shall be displayed on a plate, to be referred to as a number plate and which complies with standard specification SANS 1116: “Retro‑reflective Registration Plates for Motor Vehicles”, Part 2: “Registration plates (metal)” or Part 4: “Registration plates (plastic).

(2)          The number plate referred to in subregulation (1)—

                                                (a)    shall bear a certification mark as shown in the standard specifications referred to in subregulation (1);

(b)     shall have a yellow or white retro-reflective surface;

(c)     shall have black, dark blue, dark red or dark green letters and figures, but shall display only black letters and figures in the case of a yellow retro-reflective surface;

(d)     may display a logo or landscape if it appears on a white retro-reflective surface; and

(e)     shall be clearly legible and visible.

(3)            The letters and figures on a number plate shall be arranged—

(a)      with all the letters and figures in one line; or

(b)      with the letters preceding the figures in one line and immediately thereunder, the figures and, if applicable, the last letter in one line;

(c)      with all the letters and figures and the logo or landscape in one line; or

(d)      with the letters or the figures and the logo or landscape in one line, and immediately thereunder—

(i)     the figures and letters;

(ii)    the letters and letters; or

(iii)   the letters and figures,

                                        and, if applicable, immediately thereunder, the letters in one line.

(4)         Subject to the standard specification referred to in subregulation (1), a motor vehicle may only display on number plates letters and figures of 60 millimetres on the rear of motor vehicles which has illuminated space at the rear which is too small to permit the attachment of number plates with letters or figures of 75 millimetres: Provided that no person shall display a number plate other than the size of a number plate the illuminated space is provided for; and


(5)          The owner of a motor vehicle shall cause the number plate of such motor vehicle to be affixed thereto, from the date of licensing of such motor vehicle, in the manner referred to in subregulation (7), whether or not such motor vehicle is operated on a public road: Provided that the provisions of this subregulation shall not apply in respect of a number plate which is removed from such motor vehicle for the purpose of effecting repairs to such motor vehicle or number plate, and while such motor vehicle is not operated on a public road.

(6)          No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle—

(a)      on which a licence number or anything purporting to be a licence number, which is not applicable to such vehicle, is displayed;

(b)      of which the licence number is in any way obscured or has become illegible, except if such licence number is temporarily obscured or illegible by reason of a cause beyond the control of the driver of such motor vehicle;

(c)      while, subject to subregulation (2)—

(i)     any design appears on the number plate or if such plate is fitted to a number plate holder, on such holder; and

(ii)    there appears within 150 millimetres of the licence number applicable to such motor vehicle, a design, ornamentation, figure or letter which is not a component part of the standard equipment or construction of that motor vehicle:

Provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to a distinguishing sign of the country of registration affixed in terms of the Convention, or to a logo or landscape determined by the MEC concerned;

(d)      which, if such motor vehicle is deemed to be registered and licensed by reason of it being registered or licensed in a prescribed territory, does not comply with the legislation of that prescribed territory relating to the registration and licensing of motor vehicles and matters in connection therewith;

(e)      which is registered in a prescribed territory, other than the Republic of Namibia, without displaying the distinguishing sign of the country of registration allocated in terms of the Convention;

(f)       if such vehicle is registered in the Republic and displays thereon a distinguishing sign other than the distinguishing sign allocated to the Republic in terms of the Convention, or other than a logo or landscape determined by the MEC concerned;

(g)      in or on which a number plate is carried on which a licence number appears which is not applicable to such motor vehicle or anything purporting to be a licence number, unless he or she provides evidence that such plate was not carried with criminal intent;

(h)      registered in the Republic, if each number plate, which complies with subregulations (1), (2) and (3), displayed on the motor vehicle does not display the same licence number, letter type, colours, and logo or landscape; or

(i)       on which a number plate is displayed that does not comply with standard specification SABS 1116: “Retro‑reflective Registration Plates for Motor Vehicles”, Part 2: “Registration plates (metal)” or Part 4: “Registration plates (plastic).

(7)        A number plate shall be affixed—

(a)   in such a manner that it is not easily detachable;

(b)   in an upright position or within 30 degrees of such position;

(c)   in such a manner that each letter and figure thereon is clearly legible;

(d)   in such a manner that the whole number plate is clearly visible;

(e)     to the back of a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle or trailer; and

(f)    one to the back and one to the front of all other motor vehicles.

Provided that no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle first registered on or after 1 July 2011, unless the number plate fixed to such motor vehicle is affixed within 20 millimetres from the edges by means of 4 millimetres rivets or 4 millimetres one-way self tapping screws either directly onto the motor vehicle or onto an integral part thereof or onto an intermediate holding bracket which complies with the provisions of SANS 973 “Number Plate Carrier” approved by the Department of Transport, and which is attached to the motor vehicle in such a way that it cannot be removed while the number plate is affixed to it in the aforesaid manner.



No. R. 931                                          23 September 2009




I, Sibusiso Joel Ndebele, Minister of Transport, acting in terms of Section 75 read with regulation 35 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 under the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996), hereby determine 01 April 2010 as the commencement date for the proviso clause after subregulation (f) of regulation 35 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000.


Sibusiso Joel Ndebele



(8)        A number plate shall, in the case of—

(a)     a double-deck bus of which the engine is at the rear, be affixed not higher than one comma nine metres from ground level; or

(b)     any other motor vehicle, be affixed not higher than one comma five metres from ground level.

(9)        The provisions of subregulation (7) in relation to legibility and visibility of a number plate which is affixed to the back of a motor vehicle, shall not apply to a motor vehicle which is towing another vehicle.

(10)      Any person in possession of a number plate which is not applicable to any motor vehicle of which he or she is the title holder or owner, shall destroy such number plate, unless such possession is within his or her cause and scope of employment.

Provided that notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation, no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle first registered on or after 1 January 2010, unless such motor vehicle is fitted with a 520 – 113 or 250 – 205 or 250 -165 size number plate.







Alta Swanepoel & Associates

Two suspects arrested in Johannesburg CBD, accomplice sought after attempted smash and grab and robbery

Police line
Johannesburg Central Police arrested two suspects between the age of 32 and 34 for armed robbery, assault GHB and malicious damage to property at corner Rissik and De Villiers Street on the 12th of April 2014 at 22:00.

It is alleged that three suspects robbed a 39-year-old female at corner Rissik and De Villiers Street at 21:45. Victim was stationary at the red robot when the suspects smashed her passenger car window. It is alleged the suspects opened the car doors and demanded cell phones; stabbed her and her 19-year-old daughter in the upper body with knives. They took two cell phones, a gold chain and a wallet containing two hundred rand cash before they fled the scene.

The victims screamed for help and police busy with their foot patrol chased the suspects; two were apprehended and some of the belongings were recovered, one cell phone, wallet and a knife. The victims were taken to hospital for treatment and they were discharged. One suspect is still at large and investigations are continuing.

The suspects are detained at Johannesburg Central Police cells and they will appear soon in Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court soon.

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Avoiding Smash and Grab

Do not believe those who say speed entrapment may not be from “behind” you!

Speed camera


“I heard that officials are not allowed to point equipment and “catch” speeders from behind? Can you confirm that, or is it just a fable?”


I can confirm that this is indeed a “fable”, actually, it is utter nonsense.  As a matter of fact, the vast majority of speed prosecution by camera or otherwise in South Africa is done where a vehicle is travelling away from the Speed Measuring Equipment.


Best Regards,

Howard Dembovsky

National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)

Dashboard camera captures taxi driver crossing intersection on the red light!

overtaking on red light

A friend to the Arrive Alive online road safety initiative shared a video from his dashboard capturing taxi driver recklessness at an intersection. It is often alleged in the media that some of these drivers appear to have their own set of rules of the road.

In this photos the taxi driver clearly crosses the red traffic light long before it turns green.

On the Arrive Alive website we often report on unsafe driving at intersections! We would like to urge everyone approaching intersections to do so with caution and not to assume that they may merely proceed..Only proceed after checking that it is indeed safe and another is not disregarding the Rules of the Road!

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Safe Driving at Intersections

Dashboard Cameras and Road Safety

What does the weight indication on the road sign before a weigh bridge refer to?

Overloading MagaliesbergQuestion:

Does the road traffic sign before a weigh bridge refer to the Axle weight, gross vehicle weight or the load weight as stated in Regulation 238 to 241.For example the traffic sigh shows 3.5T. The vehicle is a Merc. Sprinter single wheel single axle with the following weight restrictions: Load Cap. 1.4 T, Vehicle weight 2.05T AND Gross weight 3.550T. Must this vehicle enter the weigh bridge section or can it pass it.


The GVM or gross vehicle mass is reflected on the signs not the actual mass of the vehicles. The vehicle must enter a weigh bridge.

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Overloading and Road Safety


Mistakes First Time Drivers tend to Make


Your first car symbolises freedom, independence…and also, sleepless nights for worried parents. It’s common knowledge that younger and more inexperienced drivers are at greater risk, and it’s up to parents and guardians to make sure that they are fully aware of the common mistakes that they tend to make. Edna de Sousa, Product and Marketing Manager of Auto Mart, has advice for novice drivers.

1. Using cellphones, CDs and other gadgets behind the wheel

“Unfortunately, the younger generation is glued to their phones 24/7,” says De Sousa. “Some research has said that texting behind the wheel can account for about a quarter of road accidents – particularly for younger drivers. When you are driving, your car should be a distraction free zone. That means that you shouldn’t take your eyes off the road for any reason, whether it’s to answer a call, tune the radio, eat a sandwich or dig for something in your handbag. Even a hands-free kit for your cell phone can be a distraction. Calls can wait until you can pull safely onto the side of the road.”

2. Over-steering

“Over-steering is a huge problem, particularly if you haven’t been used to power steering,” says De Sousa. “If you over-steer driving on a sharp bend, you could lose total control of the car. Slow down going around corners and use both hands, placed high on the wheel, for greater control.”

3. Taking Risks

“Never ever race to go over a red light and always check your blind spots before changing lanes,” says De Sousa. “The movies make weaving in and out of traffic look seamless, but in real life, it’s anything but. Drivers should be especially cautious when driving in suburban areas where children are – children struggle to judge the distance between cars and can often run across the road chasing a toy without warning. The speed limit is lower there for a reason.”

Drinking and driving obviously falls in that category too. “Alcohol is a tranquiliser and it affects your ability to judge the speed of your vehicle and the distance between cars, as well as your ability to concentrate, or even stay awake. Your reflexes are numbed and it will delay your ability to react to unexpected hazards,” De Sousa explains. “People also tend to take more risks whilst under the influence. In short, it’s non-negotiable. You cannot drink and drive, under any circumstances. Organise a lift if you are going somewhere where there will be alcohol and decide who the designated driver will be before getting into the car. It’s simply not worth the injuries you can cause to yourself (and others), not to mention the penalties you will be subject to if caught.”

4. Overcrowding the car

The downside of being a student is that there is always someone looking for a lift – and it’s not unusual to see five or six crammed into a car meant for four. “Not only is it bad for the car, but it’s bad for the driver,” De Sousa cautions. “It’s extremely distracting and it triples the risk of fatalities in the event of an accident.”

5. Speeding/Not maintaining following distance

“Driving aggressively to show off is extremely dangerous. A typical car, going at about 80km an hour, need about 20 meters to reach a full stop – more if you are driving a larger vehicle. If the roads are wet, you need even more. Always try to keep a car-length or more between yourself and another vehicle to allow you time to react.”

6. Choosing the Wrong Car (and not maintaining it)

“Buying a first car can be daunting but it’s important to budget for not just the vehicle, but its insurance and repairs. It’s no use buying a flashy car and then being unable to replace its worn tyres. Opt for substance over style – lower mileage, no history of accidents, and good paperwork from the owner’s side. You want to buy a vehicle that’s up to date in terms of services and maintenance. You can also ask the AA to examine the vehicle before purchase if you are unsure of what to look for,” says De Sousa. “Then, once you have bought it, do not ignore “little issues”. If your handbrake doesn’t work, or if there is a crack on the windshield – fix it right away…it’ll be cheaper than leaving it for the long run.”

Also view:

What can I do to alert my child and young driver on the dangers of drinking and driving?

What can I do to alert my child and young driver on the dangers of drinking and driving?

Keys drunk driving


Our son 22yr come home drunk over the weekend. he was the driver, I was horrified at the thought of what could have happened! We have taken away his car keys, until he has done some sort of course or class regarding drinking and driving. We would also like him to go out one weekend with Paramedics to see what happens.

Is there something like that in SA, i know the USA has programs like that.

Your assistance would be highly appreciated.


Thanks so much for being so socially responsible.

Please tell me what area you are in so I can advise you further as to possible courses.

I think it was an excellent idea to take away his keys as well.

He should also go onto the SADD website Tributes page – to see the consequences for victims families when a loved one has been killed.

Our website also has a great deal of information on alcohol and especially units of alcohol and elimination rates of alcohol.

I have also attached a Summary of what we do, and would really appreciate you joining up, as we need more socially responsible citizens such as you!

Kind regards,

Caro Smit

Also view:

South Africans Against Drunk Driving and Road Safety

Four suspects arrested for business robbery and car hijacking in Umlazi

Police line

Umlazi Crime Intelligence and Durban Flying Squad members conducted an intelligence driven operation after the hijacking incident that occurred at Y section, Umlazi. They arrested four suspects aged between 25 and 30 and they recovered a vehicle that was allegedly used during the hijacking.

On 3 April 2014 at about 11:00, a supplier of cigarettes went to a tavern at Y section to deliver the stock while he was busy talking to the owner, a group of unknown armed men wearing balaclavas allegedly accosted them and they were robbed at gunpoint. An undisclosed amount of cash, cellphones, a VW Caddy that had cigarettes stock in was taken by the suspects. The suspects sped off in their two getaway vehicles and the victim’s vehicle with the stock. No shots were fired and no injuries were sustained during the incident. Police arrested four suspects and recovered one of the vehicles that were used during the incident. The arrested suspects will be charged for car hijacking and business robbery and they will appear in Umlazi Magistrates’ Court soon. Police are still searching for other suspects and their arrest is imminent.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended Umlazi Crime Intelligence and Durban Flying Squad for the arrests. “We are confident that the stolen items will be recovered and the outstanding suspects will soon be arrested. We urge the community to work with the police in fighting criminal activities in the province and to make sure that they do not buy stolen goods from criminals,” she said.

Also view:

Hijack Prevention Guidelines