Must emergency vehicles always have their sirens on when travelling to an emergency?

Question: Is there a regulation that states that emergency vehicles MUST always have their sirens on when travelling to an emergency? Answer: Section 58 of the National Road Traffic Act states that: 58. Failure to obey road traffic sign prohibited (1) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall, unless otherwise directed by a traffic officer,…

Owning a car

MiWay releases eBook for first-time car owners

MiWay has released a new eBook which provides insights into the responsibilities and obligations which come with car ownership in South Africa, including how to buy appropriate insurance cover. Innovative short term insurer MiWay has introduced a free eBook which provides guidance for first time car owners. Focusing on the responsibilities and obligations inherent to…

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The All-New Lexus NX revealed

Bringing together striking design, free-spirited performance and innovative technology, the brand new Lexus NX is the luxury automaker’s first foray into the ultra-competitive compact SUV segment of the market. Available from the 23rd February, the NX symbolises a new direction for Lexus. As Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, points out: “The…

Driviing at Sunrise and Sunset

What are the regulations as to the time when my lights must be turned on when driving?

Question: Good morning. Please advise if it is mandatory to drive with your headlights on after 7.00am in Cape Town on a beautiful summer day. Answer: The regulation that requires when lamps must be lit is copied below. There is no definition for sunset or sunrise but as far as I know there were some…

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Important – There is NO new law allowing you to disobey traffic signals “after hours”

Question: To whom this may concern, I would like some clarity on a matter. A while ago, there was an announcement that road users may treat red traffic lights as stop streets after 22h30. I did not research at the time whether this was ever promulgated into law but I assumed (now to my disadvantage)…


Ford Ranger Now Even Smarter with award-winning Ford SYNC® with Bluetooth and Voice Control

PRETORIA, South Africa, February 2015 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has expanded the smart technologies offered in the Ranger with the addition of its award-winning Ford SYNC® with Bluetooth and Voice Control. Using the innovative hands-free technology of SYNC, customers are able to connect almost any mobile phone or digital media player…

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Justice Project offers Clarification on unpaid traffic fines

On Tuesday 9 February 2015 the Road Traffic infringement Agency put out a media release with the grossly misleading headline: “UNPAID FINES BLOCK LICENSING BY AUTHORITIES”. While the content of the release vaguely clarifies the matter and correctly states that an Enforcement Order will result in licensing transactions, it is important that this not be…

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Why do we warn against overloading a passenger vehicle?

On the Arrive Alive road safety website we often warn against the overloading of vehicles. We would like to share a few of these reasons: Overloading a vehicle will pose the following risks: The vehicle will be less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop. Vehicles react differently when the maximum weights which…