Vehicles registered after 1 July 2011 will have to be marked with microdots

Newly proposed legislation is aimed at preventing vehicle loss from theft and hijacking. This legislation that would require newly registered vehicles to be marked with microdots might prove to be a deterrent to vehicle thieves in South Africa! What are these proposed amendments? Draft Amendment 19 is published in Government Gazette 33979 of 1 February…

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Who are the 2011 World Car of the Year finalists?

The shortlist of cars to make the 2011 World Car of the Year contest have been announced. The six finalists in the World Green Car category are: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition Chevrolet Volt Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Nissan LEAF Smart electric drive Eligible cars had to be all-new or substantially revised, in…

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Truck licences still valid for cars after review by Transport Department

Yesterday we shared a blog post titled “Car Insurance to be affected by amended Road Traffic Act“. Of specific importance was the amended regulation: Amendment on heavy motor vehicle licences As of 1 February 2011 persons who obtain driving licences for a code C, C1, EC or EC1 driving licence will not be allowed to…

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Car Insurance to be affected by amended Road Traffic Act

As of 1 February 2011 there will be several amendments to the Road Traffic Act coming into effect. There is one specific amendment that the car insurance industry might like to take note of: Amendment on heavy motor vehicle licences As of 1 February 2011 persons who obtain driving licences for a code C, C1,…

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Car Insurance should cover those unexpected moments!!

Only insurance fraudsters plan for accidents – and even then these events should be descibed as crashes rather than accidents. The Wikipedia definition of an accident: “An accident is a specific, unexpected, unusual and unintended external action which occurs in a particular time and place, with no apparent and deliberate cause but with marked effects.…

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Do you know the road traffic signs in South Africa?

It is estimated that approximately 85% of fatal road accidents in South Africa can be blamed on human error. Unfortunately very few of our road users can claim “error” as merely being negligent or failing to do something! There simply are far too many instances of blatant disregard for the Rules of the Road!! Too…

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Better eyesight could reduce car insurance claims

When driving it is important to have clear comfortable vision. You need to be able to judge distances, read road signs and traffic lights and respond to changes in your environment quickly and efficiently. If you are not able to see well you will not be able to respond quickly when needed. This can be…

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Toyota recalls another 1.7m vehicles worldwide

Toyota Motor Corp said it would recall more than 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, bringing its total for recalls to nearly 16 million since late 2009 and dealing a blow to its efforts to restore its reputation for quality. Although the situation is different from last year, when Toyota attracted intense scrutiny from U.S. safety regulators…

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Effective driving could reduce car insurance costs and much distress!!

I could not resist using this photo of a traffic officer which appeared quite a while ago in “Die Burger” newspaper. Most people would use this photo in a story about traffic enforcement or speeding fines. I would rather like to reflect on another aspect – responsible driving and avoiding heavily congested roads. In recent…

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