Did you know?
- What do the Rules of the Road require if I want to make my bakkie a flatbed? March 10, 2014
Hi I want to convert my bakkie to a flatbed! What is the maximum size I can make the flatbed? The baKkie load bin outside dimensions is 2mx2m.
The maximum width that a vehicle can be is 2.5 m and the rear overhang may not be more than 60% of the wheel base of the vehicle.
Once the vehicle is modified you will require a letter of authority and a new mass certificate.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
- What are the Rules of the Road on Lane Splitting by bikers/ motorcyclists in South Africa? March 10, 2014
I would like to know if lane splitting at 100km/h+ on a free moving highway is legal or not? Specifically referring to swerving between cars to overtake them? If an accident happens where the bike struck the car on one of the rear panels when the car was changing lanes, who is at fault?
If yes, please direct me to the Government Gazette article where this is stated.
Let us first have a look at the relevant legislation:
A motor cycle is a motor vehicle and the legislation prescribe the procedure for the overtaking of motor vehicles. Overtaking in the same lane is not allowed.
Passing of vehicle
Reg 298. (1) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2) and (4) and regulation 296, the driver of a vehicle intending to pass any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction on a public road shall pass to the right thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive on the left side of the roadway until safely clear of the vehicle so passed:
Provided that, in the circumstances as aforesaid, passing on the left of such vehicle shall be permissible if the person driving the passing vehicle can do so with safety to himself or herself and other traffic or property which is or may be on such road and—
(a) the vehicle being passed is turning to its right or the driver thereof has signalled his or her intention of turning to his or her right;
(b) such road is a public road in an urban area and—
(i) is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction; and
(ii) the roadway is of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles;
(c) such road is a public road in an urban area and the roadway is of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles moving in each direction;
(d) the roadway of such road is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and is divided into traffic lanes by appropriate road traffic signs; or
(e) he or she is driving in compliance with the directions of a traffic officer or is driving in traffic which is under the general direction of such officer, and in accordance with such direction:
Provided further that in no event shall any passing referred to in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) be done by driving on the shoulders of the roadway or on the verge of the public road concerned.
(2) The driver of a vehicle shall not pass other traffic proceeding in the same direction on a public road when approaching—
(a) the summit of a rise;
(b) a curve; or
(c) any other place,
where his or her view is so restricted that any such passing could create a hazard in relation to other traffic which might approach from the opposite direction, unless—
(i) he or she can do so without encroaching on the right‑hand side of the roadway; or
(ii) the roadway of such road is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction.
(3) The driver of a vehicle on a public road shall, except in the circumstances referred to in the first proviso to subregulation (1), upon becoming aware of other traffic proceeding in the same direction and wishing to pass his or her vehicle, cause his or her vehicle to travel as near to the left edge of the roadway as is possible, without endangering himself or herself or other traffic or property on the roadway, and shall not accelerate the speed of his or her vehicle until the other vehicle has passed.
(4) When about to pass oncoming traffic, the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall ensure that the vehicle driven by him or her does not encroach on the roadway to his or her right in such manner as may obstruct or endanger such oncoming traffic.
(5) The driver of a vehicle intending to pass a stationary bus on a public road shall do so with due care for the safety of persons who are approaching or leaving or may approach or leave such bus.
Duties relating to motor cycle or motor tricycle
Reg 309. (1) No person shall drive a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road unless his or her feet are resting on the front foot-rests suitable for the purpose and, where the design of such motor cycle or motor tricycle makes it possible to do so, he or she is seated astride on the saddle of such motor cycle or motor tricycle.
(2) No person shall on a public road carry a passenger on a motor cycle unless such cycle has an engine with a cylinder capacity exceeding 50 cubic centimetres and unless such passenger is seated in a side-car or astride on a pillion attached to such cycle and, in such latter event, the feet of the passenger are resting on foot-rests suitable for that purpose.
(3) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2), not more than two persons shall ride upon a motor cycle on a public road, excluding a person riding in a side-car attached to such motor cycle.
(4) Not more than two adult persons shall be carried in a side-car attached to a motor cycle on a public road.
(5) No person or animal or object shall be carried on a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road in front of the driver thereof: Provided that an object of a non-bulky nature may be so carried if securely attached to the motor cycle or motor tricycle or placed in a suitable carrier fitted thereon for that purpose and carried in such a way as not to obstruct the driver’s view or prevent his or her exercising complete control over such motor cycle or motor tricycle;
(6) (a) Persons, other than traffic officers in the performance of their duties, driving motor cycles on a public road, shall drive in single file except in the course of overtaking another motor cycle, and two or more persons driving motor cycles shall not overtake another vehicle at the same time: Provided that where a public road is divided into traffic lanes, each such lane shall, for the purposes of this paragraph, be regarded as a public road.
(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a), a motor cycle shall include a motor tricycle
(7) No person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road or seated on such motor cycle or motor tricycle shall take hold of any other vehicle in motion.
(8) Any person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road shall do so with at least one hand on the handlebars of such motor cycle or motor tricycle.
(9) Any person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road shall do so in such manner that all the wheels of such motor cycle or motor tricycle are in contact with the surface of the road at all times.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
There may not be specific legislation making this illegal – and it will remain a common practise amongst bikers/ motorcyclists – but it is of the utmost importance to focus on the need for caution and safety. We would like to quote a few comments from an article on LookLocal :
- Lane-splitting is the time and fuel saving way to get to work and possibly to hospital.
- Lane-splitting is a practice or skill whereby two-wheelers, such as motorcycles and scooters, weave through the gaps in traffic, avoiding the stop-and-go motion completely.
- A real threat for lane-splitters is that travelling at an accelerated speed between the vehicles can result in a collision with the motor cars.
- Contrary to popular belief lane-splitting is actually legal in South-Africa, says the National Chairman of Justice Project South Africa, Howard Dembovsky.
- Marshal Portfolio Head of Think Bike in the Western Cape, Stewart Hendry says, “The Think Bike Safety and Awareness campaign, while upholding the right of motorcycles to lane-split, recommends a differential speed of no more than 20 to 25 kilometres per hour during lane-splitting (for example, if the surrounding traffic is travelling at 20 kilometres per hour, the motorcycle should not be travelling faster than between 40 and 45 kilometres per hour).
- “At these speeds lane-splitting is reasonably safe, and it has the benefit of easing traffic congestion on the road. It benefits other road users too, because every lane-splitting motorcycle is one less vehicle between you and your destination.”
- Ctrack launches integrated solutions for national tolling including e-toll March 10, 2014
THE Gauteng e-toll roll-out has triggered a mountain of billing problems that threaten to have placed further financial strain to the already overstretched businesses and motorists.
Ctrack – vehicle tracking and fleet management Solutions Company has the complete national toll management solution that enables toll costs to be verified before being paid.
The Ctrack solution allows fleet managers, operators and individuals to validate the integrity of all national toll transactions, supporting Gauteng e-tolls and the stop-and-go toll plazas across South Africa. These checks and balances allow motorists and companies to confirm their actual toll liabilities for payment and pay not a penny more!
“Ctrack is continuously identifying and redefining innovative applications and future telematics trends. The concept of a total fleet management is gathering momentum offering deeper fleet analysis and a productive measure to improve operational efficiencies,” says Nick Vlok, CEO of DigiCore, supplier of Ctrack.
In support of its strategy to supply solutions to keep costs on the road to a minimum, Ctrack has gone the extra mile in developing a toll management system that makes cost saving measures a priority. It does not matter what vehicle types are being used in your business or you may drive because the Ctrack solution supports all five recognised vehicle classes. When toll tariffs are released, these are simply imported into Ctrack’s software applications, keeping your toll reports accurate with time of day usage also being catered for. Previous toll charges are always kept in the system allowing for both current and historical reporting too.
Unlike other Gauteng e-toll only verification solutions that are on the market, Ctrack’s system has the distinct advantage of not using geo-fencing around a toll point to try and detect when tolls were charged, but taps into the much more reliable method analysing the end-to-end route travelled by the vehicle. Ctrack automatically reports which gantry or plaza was passed giving the time and pinpoint location. All this detail is provided within Ctrack’s toll reporting, meaning toll slips and SANRAL e-toll invoices can be validated and easily checked allowing billing errors to be identified.
The Ctrack solution uses an extensive RSA mapping dataset for static and timed routes to be created with the “Tollgate Avoidance” option, allowing customer to determine alternative routes without driving through tollgates, selecting either the fastest or shortest route.
The Ctrack management system has also been credited for being a crime buster. One of the major challenges facing motorists is the cloning of their number plates. Buying fake number plates has been reported in the media as being easier than buying a takeaway meal. Complaints from the public about getting bills for vehicles they do not own but that have the same number plates as their cars continue to pour in. The Ctrack system assists in detecting such fraudulent activities to strengthen your case against any suspicious SANRAL bills.
“This toll management functionality is immediately available to Ctrack fleet customers that are already registered to use our internet tracking and reporting applications,” concluded Nick Vlok.
About DigiCore / Ctrack:
Ctrack is part of JSE listed DigiCore Holdings and specialises in vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions and insurance telematics for a global client base. With more than 28 years of innovation, technical and implementation experience, Ctrack is recognised as a world-leading provider of advanced machine-to-machine communication and telematics solutions that adds value to this global base of customers with mobile assets.
Ctrack’s end-to-end research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of customised solutions for customers is serviced by a global network of staff and team members in more than 50 countries. The company’s technology and electronic division designs and develops a robust range of asset management and monitoring systems using GPS satellite positioning, GSM cellular communication systems and other advanced communication and sensory technologies. The result is innovative and advanced machine-to-machine communication that provide Ctrack customers with 24x7x365 information and monitoring of their mobile assets that help them to achieve operational efficiencies and cost reduction targets.
Operations span six continents, with over 1,000 employees and more than 750,000 systems sold.
- Did you know – you must be able to see through at least two mirrors while driving!! February 19, 2014
Should you be able to see unobstructed through both side mirrors as well as the rear view mirror? The guy in this photo cannot see through any!!
Yes regulation 204 applies. You must be able to see through at least 2 mirrors. One outside and internal mirror or one on both sides.
Driving view to be unobstructed
Reg 204. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle—
(a) which is not so constructed and maintained as to afford the driver thereof a full and clear view of the roadway ahead and to his or her right and left when the vehicle is in use;
(b) which is not fitted with a rear-view mirror or mirrors enabling the driver of such vehicle, when he or she is in the driving position, to see in clear weather a clear reflection of traffic to the rear: Provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply in respect of a tractor;
(c) which is a motor car, minibus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1987, unless it is fitted with an exterior rear-view mirror on the driving side and an interior rear-view mirror: Provided that where the interior rear-view mirror does not enable the driver, when he or she is in the driving position, to see in clear weather, a clear reflection of traffic to the rear, an additional exterior rear-view mirror shall be fitted on the side opposite to the driving seat and in such a case it shall not be necessary to fit an interior rear-view mirror;
(d) which is a mini‑bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1987, unless it is fitted with an exterior rear-view mirror on the driving side and an exterior rear-view mirror on the side opposite to the driving seat; or
(e) which is a motor cycle, a motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle unless it is fitted with a rear-view mirror on the right side of the handlebars thereof, and such cycle shall also be fitted with a rear-view mirror on the left side of its handlebars.
(2) Every rear-view mirror of a motor vehicle—
(i) is a motor car, minibus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1976; or
(ii) is a minibus, bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time during the period 1 January 1976 to 31 December 1986,
shall be either flat or spherically convex and have an average radius of curvature of not less than one comma two metres; or
(b) contemplated in subregulation (1)(d) shall be either flat or spherically convex and have an average radius or curvature of not less than one comma eight metres.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
- When is a driving licence issued in a different country recognized as valid to drive with in South Africa? February 19, 2014
Please can you help me.
I moved to South Africa in 2008 and have been living here on a spousal visa ever since.
I am not eligible for permanent residence as I do not have a permanent job offer.
I have a full UK licence (photo card with signature and supporting paper work). Can I legally drive in South Africa with this until I am able to apply for permanent residence?? I originally came with a International Driving Permit with expired after a year and con only be applied for in the UK, as I haven’t been back I do not have a current one.
I understand that once awarded with permanent residence I will have to exchange my UK licence for a South African within 1 year.
I am finding it very difficult to find out if I am legally allowed to drive using my UK licence even though I have been in South Africa for over a year?
Regulation 110 recognises a driving licence issued in a different country on condition that:
- (a) The licence has been issued in an official language of the Republic; or
(b) certificate of authenticity or validity relating to the licence issued in an official language of the Republic by a competent authority, or a translation of that licence in such official language, is attached to it;
- such licence contains or has attached to it, a photograph and the signature of the licence holder.
The licence is only valid for the period and subject to the conditions under which it was issued. That is a licence that has expired in terms of UK laws cannot be valid for use on South African roads, and equally if a licence is issued with certain limitations, the same will apply for South Africa.
To answer your question, yes you are able to use your foreign issued licence for as long as it is meets the conditions set out above.
- Rules of the Road: You may not park against the flow of oncoming traffic! January 27, 2014
Subject: Parking against flow of oncoming traffic (in other words , parking on right side of a road)
Could you please verify me if it is allowed in some circumstances to park on the right side of a road, against oncoming traffic flow. I’m sure I have read an article that say sometimes this is allowed and
yet, all my other readings say it is against the law at any time of day. Thanks
It is not allowed. Reg 305 applies on parking and 304 on stopping. See Reg 304(1)(e) for the provision on stopping – Reg 305 makes all the places where you may not stop applicable to parking.
I copy the provision from the National Road Traffic Regulations for you.
Stopping of vehicles
Reg 304. Except in order to avoid an accident, or in compliance with a road traffic sign or with a direction given by a traffic officer, or for any cause beyond the control of the driver, no person shall stop a vehicle on the roadway of a public road—
(a) alongside or opposite an excavation or obstruction on the public road if other traffic would be obstructed or endangered by such stopping;
(b) within any tunnel or subway or on any bridge or within six metres of any tunnel, subway or bridge;
(c) on, or within six metres from the beginning or end of, any part of such roadway where the normal width thereof has for any reason been constricted;
(d) in contravention of any road traffic sign;
(e) on the right hand side of such roadway facing oncoming traffic;
(f) alongside or opposite any other vehicle on such roadway where such roadway is less than nine metres wide;
(g) within the railway reserve at a level crossing;
(h) within nine metres of his or her approaching side of a pedestrian crossing demarcated by appropriate road traffic signs; or
(i) in any other place where the stopping of a vehicle would or would be likely to constitute a danger or an obstruction to other traffic.
Parking of vehicles
Reg 305. (1) No person shall park a vehicle on a public road—
(a) in contravention of any road traffic sign;
(b) in any place referred to in regulation 304;
(c) on the same side as a fire hydrant within an area bounded by the centre-line of the roadway and lines at right angles to such centre-line one and a half metres on either side of the hydrant, if such hydrant is clearly visible to and recognisable as such by drivers of moving vehicles, or if it is indicated by an appropriate road traffic sign;
(d) in any place where the vehicle would obscure any road traffic sign;
(e) in such manner as to encroach upon the sidewalk, if any; or
(f) in such manner as to obstruct any private or public vehicular entrance to such road.
(2) The provisions of subregulation (1)(e) shall not apply to any vehicle, other than a motor vehicle, while it is being used in carrying on the business of street vendor, pedlar or hawker, unless it exceeds such maximum weight, height, length or mass as may be prescribed in these regulations.
(3) No person shall park a vehicle on any portion of the roadway (excluding the shoulders) of a public road outside an urban area or with any part of such vehicle within one metre of the edge of such roadway except in a parking place demarcated by an appropriate road traffic sign.
(4) No person shall park a vehicle on the roadway of a public road within an urban area—
(a) within nine metres of the side from which he or she approaches a pedestrian crossing demarcated by appropriate road traffic signs, unless such parking is permitted by appropriate road traffic signs;
(b) within five metres of any intersection unless such parking is permitted by a road traffic sign;
(c) upon or over the actuating mechanism of a traffic signal;
(d) (i) with the outside of any left hand wheel thereof more than 450 millimetres within the roadway; or
(ii) where the public road concerned is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and the vehicle is parked on the side of the roadway, with the outside of any right hand wheel thereof more than 450 millimetres within the roadway, unless such parking is permitted by an appropriate road traffic sign; or
(e) which is less than five and a half metres wide unless the public road concerned is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and such parking is permitted by appropriate road traffic signs.
(5) No person shall park a motor vehicle on a traffic island or in a pedestrian mall or pedestrian lane.
(6) Whenever a vehicle has been parked in contravention of any provision of the Act or any by law made under the Act, or in contravention of or in disregard of the directions of any road traffic sign or notice board as prescribed in these regulations, such vehicle may be removed or caused to be removed and impounded by a traffic officer, and unless the vehicle has been so parked in the course of a theft thereof, the owner shall bear the costs of such removal and impoundment.
(7) No person other than a disabled person or a driver of a motor vehicle conveying disabled persons, which motor vehicle is issued with a sticker for conveying disabled persons shall park on a parking bay reserved for disabled persons.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
- De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz Move Up to 3rd Overall in Dakar 2014 January 13, 2014
A fighting sixth place under disadvantageous conditions on Sunday’s seventh special stage – a 533-kilometre mega loop from Salta to Salta at an average altitude of 3 500 metres – saw South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers of South Africa and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Imperial Hilux) move into third place overall after starting the day fourth.
It was a frustrating stage for the 2009 champions, with the high altitude sapping the normally-aspirated, petrol-engined Toyota of power. The effect was compounded by the fact that it was a very fast stage run at full throttle for much of the time. Wild llamas also proved to be an unusual hazard and De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz were fortunate to narrowly miss one.
The racing section was won by Spain’s Carlos Sainz and Timo Gottschalk of Germany (SMG Buggy), who finished 4m 45s ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and Spanish co-driver Lucas Cruz. Third were defending champions Stephane Peterhansel and Jean Paul Cottret of France in a MINI (+7m 26s) followed by Nani Roma of Spain and French co-driver Michel Perin in another MINI (+8m 56s).
Roma and Perin remain in the overall lead with an advantage of 31m 53s over Peterhansel and Cottret (MINI). De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz are 46m 23s in arrears and 13m 50s ahead of fourth-placed Orlando Terranova of Argentina and Portuguese co-driver Paulo Fiuza (MINI), who were given a 15-minute retrospective penalty on the rest day in Salta for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Fifth are Al-Attiyah Qatar and co-driver Cruz in a MINI (+1h 18min 24s) ahead of Sainz and Gottschalk in the SMG Buggy (+1h 50m 42s). Both Al-Attiyah and Sainz are carrying a one-hour penalty for missing a way point.
It was another long and disappointing day in the dust for De Villiers’ South African team-mates Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in the second Toyota Imperial Hilux. After starting in 26th position on the road and 29th in the general classification, Dakar rookie Poulter and Howie came in 68th on the stage, 3h 13m 48s behind the leaders and have dropped to 30th overall.
“We were doing well until we had a steering concern, which led to us being stuck on the side of the road trying to solve the problem and fix it”, said Poulter, who is experiencing his first Dakar. “We managed to succeed just before the T4 support truck arrived and lost almost three hours. The rest of the stage went relatively well. We are disappointed to have fallen further back, but we’ll continue to do our best and see if we can make up some time tomorrow.”
De Villiers: “It was a fast, flat-out stage at high altitude that suited our diesel rivals better than it did us. It was frustrating as we just didn’t have the power to fairly contest the stage. We were also slowed by a puncture within the first 100 kilometres. We managed to limit the damage to our closest rivals (Nani Roma and Stephane Peterhansel) and have been helped by Orlando’s (Terranova) penalty. We look ahead to tomorrow and our first special stage in Chile. We are ready.”
Monday sees the competitors crossing the Andes Mountains into Chile via the Paso de Jama at an altitude of nearly 4 900 metres. A 522-kilometre liaison section from Salta in Argentina will take them to the first of the six stages in Chile, a 302-kilometre racing section to Calama. It is described in the route handbook as characterised by fast, narrow sections and few overtaking opportunities.
The stage will start at 05:15 (10:15 SA time) and the first car is due at the bivouac in Calama at 14:50 (19:50).
Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Dakar Sponsors, Specialist Official Suppliers and Technical Partners
Toyota, Imperial Toyota Group, Duxbury Netgear, Innovation Group, Toyota Financial Services, SAA Cargo, Blue Sky, Bosch, Castrol, DeWalt, Donaldson, Edgecam, 4×4 Mega World, Hallspeed, Mastercraft, NGK, Oakley, SKF, Spanjaard, Sparco and TFM.
- Is there a list of “prices” charges for fines going over 120km/h in the Free State? January 8, 2014
I am trying to get a list of the prices charged for fines for going over the 120km/h speed limit on freeways in the Free State in South Africa
Herein lies the problem. “Prices” for speeding infringements is more poetically accurate than anyone thinks it is, given the fact that the traffic law enforcement authorities also seem to feel that granting a “pay-as-you-go” facility for committing traffic violations is appropriate. In our opinion, it most certainly is not!
The penalty amounts prescribed under the AARTO Act are published at our AARTO website at http://www.aarto.co.za/chargecodes-list.asp. The Free State penalty amounts are set by the Chief Magistrate in the jurisdiction concerned and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction – even though the offence takes place in the Province of the Free State.
National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)
- Results revealed of the Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards 2014 November 21, 2013
In the eyes of South Africa’s motoring public, German vehicle brands are tops – at least in terms of the number of votes they received in this year’s People’s Wheels Awards.
The results were announced today (November 21) by Master of Ceremonies Joey Rasdien at a breakfast function in Johannesburg. Leaders of South Africa’s automobile industry and associated service providers, the media and members of the public, attended the event.
Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz won seven of the 30 categories in the independent nationwide poll, while Volkswagen and sister brands Audi and Porsche scooped another 10 wins between them.
Further, two wins by Italian brand Lamborghini – another nameplate owned by the Volkswagen Group – brought the Wolfsburg-based company’s tally to 12. Add another win by Munich-based BMW and German victories accounted for exactly two-thirds of the categories, leaving Aston Martin, Ford, Kia, Maserati, Range Rover and Toyota to share the remaining spoils.
In the Ownership Survey, Mercedes-Benz topped the rankings for the third successive year, while Volvo filled second spot – the first time the Chinese-owned Swedish brand had been on the podium. Third place was shared between Korean nameplate Kia and Japanese counterpart Honda.
Initiated by Johannesburg-based publishers The Future Group in association with Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance, research house TNS South Africa and media partner Sunday Times, the People’s Wheels surveys are aimed at drawing responses from ordinary motorists with regard to the vehicles they drive or those that they aspire to drive.
“The massive response from the South African public in choosing the People’s Wheels Awards winners this year has underlined the fact that our nation’s fascination with motoring extends from the most humble entry-level models to multi-million rand super cars,” says Sydney Soundy, Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank, the sponsors of these Awards.
“Sponsorship of an initiative like this is ultimately about giving a voice to the opinions of motorists, listening to their aspirations and ensuring that our product offerings and services meet the needs of our customers.
“For Standard Bank, The People’s Wheels Awards are also about enabling motorists to review and evaluate fellow motorists’ vehicle experiences. The Awards are therefore about enabling motorists to use their experiences, and those of others to help them make informed comparisons and purchasing decisions,” said Soundy.
More than 101 400 votes and over 1 500 ownership responses were received in the poll, the biggest volume yet. The car that scored the most votes overall – dubbed the People’s Choice – was Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo, a model built in South Africa at the company’s assembly plant in Uitenhage, near Port Elizabeth.
The Polo Vivo was followed to the podium by a previous overall winner of the People’s Wheels Awards, Kia’s Picanto which, two years after receiving its crown, remained a popular choice. Porsche’s 911 Carerra Cabriolet, finished third in the overall vote-count rankings.
In the Ownership Survey, satisfaction levels were rated with regard to vehicles’ looks and styling, interior comfort, noise and vibration levels, build quality, standard features, cargo capacity, driving experience, performance, economy, reliability, safety features, aftersales service and ownership costs.
The most positive scores were achieved on reliability, driving experience, looks and styling and build quality, while noise and vibration, ownership costs, aftersales service and economy received the poorest scores. According to the analysis, aftersales service and noise and vibration problems ranked highest as the biggest issues faced by vehicle owners.
According to Neil Higgs, Senior Adviser and Head of Innovation at research house TNS South Africa: “The value of this study lies in informing prospective future buyers on how car brands are rated by their owners, coupled with extensive back-up data gathered by the Future Group on other aspects.
“The result is a wider look at the car category as a whole, which acts as a reference volume for people in the market for a vehicle in the next year.”
From the consumer perspective, the People’s Wheels Awards included other acknowledgements, too. Cars bought new in 2011 that best retained their value in 2013 – based on data supplied by Transunion Auto, which determines its trade values on actual vehicle sales reported each month from the country’s dealer market – were headed by Range Rover’s Evoque, which in last year’s People’s Wheels Awards was crowned People’s Choice.
According to Transunion’s data, the 2011 diesel-driven Evoque 2,2 SD4 Dynamic was worth 80,82% of its original purchase price, while the petrol-fed 2,0 Si4 Dynamic was worth almost as much – 80,81%.
As part of the survey, the people’s most popular fuel brand, too, was recognised, Engen maintaining its No 1 spot in the rankings in terms of most votes received, with BP in second place and Shell in third. Similarly, the most popular tyre replacement brand as voted for by the people was again Continental, followed by Goodyear and Bridgestone.
A R25 000 prize – offered as a lucky draw incentive by The Future Group to all respondents who completed the People’s Wheels vote and/or the Ownership Survey – was won by Yvonne Swanepoel of Diep River, Cape Town.
Results of the People’s Wheels Awards 2014:
Category 1: Budget Buys – Affordability First
Make Model % of Category Vote
1 Kia Picanto 36,79
2 Hyundai i10 25,01
3 Chevrolet Spark Lite 9,99
Category 2: : Urban Commuters – Cost-Conscious Runabouts
1 Volkswagen Polo Vivo 37,06
2 Ford Figo 21,00
3 Toyota Aygo 6,39
Category 3: Movers & Shakers – Compact Hatches/Sedans
1 Volkswagen Polo 20,54
2 Ford Fiesta 19,74
3 Renault Clio 10,48
Category 4: The Mod Squad – Contemporary Hatches/Sedans
1 Audi A1/A1 Sportback 19,23
2 Volkswagen Jetta 11,64
3 Mazda 3 10,96
Category 5: Mid-Sized Hatches/Sedans – More Family Versatility
1 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16,10
2 Audi A3/A3 Sportback 14,68
3 Volkswagen Golf 12,54
Category 6: Premium Class Road Warriors
1 BMW 3-Series 18,97
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 16,72
3 Audi A4 16,66
Category 7: Cars For The Junior Executive – Big On Status
1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 18,22
2 Jaguar XF 14,93
3 BMW 3-Series GT 13,81
Category 8: Cars For The Senior Executive – More Status Still
1 Porsche Panamera 21,64
2 Jaguar XJ 19,55
3 Mercedes-Benz CLS 13,82
Category 9: Luxury And Power – The Captain’s Choice
1 Aston Martin Rapide 22,55
2 Ferrari FF 14,28
3 Rolls Royce Ghost 11,66
Category 10: Wind In The Hair – Cabriolets And Convertibles
1 Audi A3 Cabriolet 27,61
2 BMW 1-Series Convertible 25,57
3 Mazda MX5 Roadster 11,53
Category 11: Trendsetters – Cabriolets and Convertibles
1 Mercedes-Benz SLK 20,69
2 Porsche Boxster 19,51
3 BMW Z4 10,37
Category 12: Designer Labels – Cabriolets and Convertibles
1 Porsche 911 Carerra Cabriolet 28,27
2 Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 21,63
3 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 11,22
Category 13: For the Really Rich – Cabriolets and Convertibles
1 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster 20,56
2 McLaren MP4-12C Spider 10,82
3 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder 8,86
Category 14: Cool Coupes – Two-Door Hard Tops
1 Toyota 86 12,30
2 Audi A5 Coupè 12,07
3 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupè 11,74
Category 15: Hot Coupès – Fabulously Fast Lane
1 Maserati Gran Turismo 18,35
2 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupè 17,87
3 Nissan GT-R 15,77
Category 16: Dream Machines – The Supercar League
1 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 15,53
2 Aston Martin V12 Vantage 9,91
3 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 9,82
Category 17: Young Racers – Affordable Hot Hatches
1 Volkswagen Golf GTI 18,98
2 Ford Focus ST 15,09
3 Audi S3 12,63
Category 18: Track Day Specials – Super Hot Hatches/Coupes
1 Porsche Cayman S/R 19,34
2 BMW 1-Series MCoupè 15,80
3 Audi RS5 Coupè 12,87
Category 19: Upping The Pace – High Performance Expresses
1 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 17,49
2 Jaguar XFR 14,52
3 Subaru WRX STi 9,28
Category 20: Station Wagons – New Style For The Traditional
1 Audi RS4 Avant 25,70
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 10,53
3 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 10,32
Category 21: Compact MPVs & People Carriers – For The Family
1 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 22,67
2 Volkswagen Touran 19,93
3 Mazda 5 12,29
Category 22: Large MPVs & People Carriers – For The Extended Family
1 Mercedes-Benz Viano 19,88
2 Mercedes-Benz Vito 16,87
3 Volkswagen T5 Kombi 13,85
Category 23: SUVs and Crossovers – City & Suburban
1 Kia Sportage 16,46
2 Volkswagen Tiguan 14,48
3 Hyundai iX35 14,42
Category 24: SUVs and Crossovers – Urban & Peri-Urban
1 Toyota Fortuner 14,42
2 Ford Kuga 12,83
3 Audi Q3 12,64
Category 25: SUVs and Crossovers – Town & Country
1 Range Rover Evoque 24,71
2 Land Rover Freelander 13,34
3 Jeep Grand Cherokee 9,40
Category 26: SUVs and Crossovers – Luxury Tourers
1 Range Rover Range Rover Sport 14,55
2 Range Rover Range Rover 12,29
3 Porsche Cayenne 11,02
Category 27: Hybrids – Dawn of a New Age
1 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid 15,75
2 Porsche Panamera Hybrid 12,99
3 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 9,40
Category 28: Light Delivery Vans – Pick ’n Pack
1 Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van 26,18
2 Ford Transit 15,34
3 Volkswagen Caddy Panel Van 13,77
Category 29: Light Load Luggers – Single Cab Workhorses
1 Ford Ranger 18,18
2 Toyota Hilux 15,25
3 Volkswagen Amarok 14,03
Category 30: Adventure Bakkies – For Work ’n Play
1 Ford Ranger DC 24,90
2 Volkswagen Amarok DC 22,09
3 Toyota Hilux DC 11,61
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE – OVERALL WINNERS, MOST VOTES CAST
1 Volkswagen Polo Vivo
2 Kia Picanto
3 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
OWNERSHIP SURVEY: BRAND CHAMPIONS, SATISFACTION RATINGS
3 Kia & Honda (tie)
PREFERED FUEL BRAND
PREFERED TYRE BRAND
Full results of the People’s Wheels Awards and Ownership Survey appear in the 2014 edition of the Auto Annual, on sale at selected bookshops from December
- The Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards evaluates the most and least valued retention cars in South Africa November 18, 2013
The 2014 edition of the Auto Annual – South Africa’s authoritative report and assessment guide designed to offer readers’ insights into one of the country’s foremost economic drivers, the motor industry – will be unveiled on November 21 at the Montecasino Ballroom in Sandton.
Initiated by Future Group and in association with Standard Bank, the authoritative book will unpack insights into which cars in South Africa hold their values best and which cars depreciate the most. The easy-to-follow market guide set against showing consumers which models give them the best or the least value for reselling their cars, comprises of nearly 1 200 two-year-old vehicles.
While some cars depreciate faster than others, the motor trade considers a few factors and bases their criteria on the value of used cars to gauge the real worth of individual models, taking into consideration original specifications, list price, the vehicle’s age, mileage and general condition.
For the Auto Annual 2014, the list of 1 200 vehicles was monitored by Transunion to determine how much each entry had depreciated since they were sold new in 2011. Transunion guide gives an influential reflection of the value of the traded-in vehicle which has been reconditioned in for resale.
Highlights to look forward to are the Top 50 models that show the least depreciation – topped by Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque, overall winner last year of the most number of votes in the People’s Wheels Awards, which commands 80-82% of its original purchase price two years after being driven off the showroom floor for the first time. Additionally, 50 vehicles that depreciate most will be listed in their various categories.
Sydney Soundy, Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank, says: “There is nobody better at assessing the merits of vehicles than the people who drive them – or know people who drive them – and aspire to own some of these vehicles. The People’s Wheels Awards provides the opportunity for them to exercise their knowledge.”
Don’t forget to diarise the gala breakfast awards, when all will be revealed at the Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards 2014.