European Commission adopts proposals to make emergency calls from crashed vehicles mandatory

To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, today the European Commission adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash. The “eCall” system automatically dials 112 – Europe’s single emergency number – in the event of a serious…

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Is it law for buses to have seat belts on all seats in South Africa and Botswana ?

Question: Is it law for buses to have seat belts on all seats in South Africa and Botswana ? Answer: Midibuses require licences if they were registered for the first time from Sep 2006. That is basically a bus with 17 to 34 seats. Bigger buses do not require seat belts. Seatbelts Reg 213.    (1) …

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Female driver causes havoc trying to park at Crossing Shopping Centre at Nelspruit

Earlier today witnesses were present when a lady caused havoc trying to park at Crossing Shopping Centre in Nelspruit. She managed to cause damage to 2 other vehicles and even the plants in the vicinity were not spared. This raises serious concern as to how some road users have managed to become licensed drivers! A…

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Defensive driving courses a possible path to cheaper car insurance for young drivers

Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) has advised young drivers to consider taking defensive driving courses and to build a safe driving history in order to benefit from low premium rates for vehicle insurance. Gari Dombo, MD for AFI says insurance companies generally classify young drivers as high risk due to their lack of motoring experience, and…

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Is a person with UK learners licence allowed to drive in South Africa, if accompanied by a qualified driver holding a full UK licence?

Question: Is a person with UK learners licence allowed to drive in South Africa, if accompanied by a qualified driver holding a full UK licence. Answer: Yes section 23 of the NRTA does allow it as long as the driver is not transporting persons for reward. It must be in one of the official languages,…

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MiWay keeps you in the loop of vehicle repairs with AutoWatch

Innovative short-term insurer MiWay has made its claims process even more user-friendly with the launch of the AutoWatch system from Audatex. The service improves communication between panel beaters and MiWay customers, keeping customers informed, in real-time, on the progress of their car repairs. “Accidents happen and are very often a stressful time,” says Max Huggins,…

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Where should a six(6) months child be seated in a bakkie with two(2) seats and armrest in the middle?

Question: Where should a six(6) months child be seated in a bakkie with two(2) seats and armrest in the middle? Answer: If your bakkie is certified to carry two persons, as it seems it is, then a child seat should be fitted to the passenger seat and restrained with the seat belt. The sad fact…

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Toyota’s next generation Corolla revealed

The next-generation version of the world’s and South Africa’s best-selling four-door sedan – the Toyota Corolla – has been revealed today in two distinct guises on two continents. A Corolla sedan exhibiting European style was unveiled in Istanbul, Turkey, while another version, with a markedly different frontal design, debuted more than 10 000km away in…

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