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  • What does the weight indication on the road sign before a weigh bridge refer to? April 10, 2014

    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


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  • What can I do to alert my child and young driver on the dangers of drinking and driving? April 7, 2014

    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.http://www.sadd.org.za/victims/tributes

    Our website also has a great deal of information on alcohol and especially units of alcohol and elimination rates of alcohol.http://www.sadd.org.za/education/units-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

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    South Africans Against Drunk Driving and Road Safety

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  • Four suspects arrested for business robbery and car hijacking in Umlazi April 4, 2014

    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

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  • Can a forklift be allowed on public road and if so what are the rules applying to it? April 3, 2014


    Hello I would like to know if a forklift or also known as a hyster are allowed on public road and if so what are the rules applying to it?


    Yes they are if they have indicators, lamps, etc. They must be registered and licensed and can apply for special classification to pay cheaper licence fees. Reg 3, 18 and 21 apply.


    Alta Swanepoel & Associates

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  • Could your GPS explode if left on the dashboard in the scorching sun? April 2, 2014



    A friend emailed photos with the title in the email “GPS left on dashboard in the sun – WOW!” It also included the following text:

    “Looks like a good lesson to learn. I would bet this also applies to cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, and other devices that use lithium batteries.

    You think this may be a reason why the US Postal Service will not ship electronic devices that contain lithium batteries any longer?

    GPS was placed in its bracket in the windshield and left in the sun. The battery overheated and exploded!”




    I Googled this to find whether this is another hoax and found an answer on Snopes on GPS Fire

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    GPS and Road Safety

    Positioning of the GPS Device for Safe Driving

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  • Brush up on what to do and what to avoid after a car crash!! April 1, 2014

    Currie and Argyle

    Being involved in an accident can be both scary and stressful. It’s important to remain calm and collect the necessary information should you need to make an insurance claim, says MiWay Head of Online Marketing, Rory Judd.

    Whether it’s a small bumper bashing or a major crash – if you have ever been involved in an accident then you would recall the initial shock, especially if you did not know what to do. Accidents happen when we least expect them.

    The first thing to remember is that by law you must stop your vehicle if you are involved in an accident that causes injury or the death of someone, damage to property or any animal. If only a single vehicle was involved in the accident and you did not crash into another vehicle or person, or damage property, you do not have to stop.

    In a case where you have to stop, find out how much damage has been caused. You also need to give your full names, ID number, address, contact numbers and the vehicle registration number to the other person or people involved in the accident as well as the police or traffic official attending to the scene. In turn, you should try to get this information from all parties involved and any witnesses.

    These details will be crucial if you need to claim from your insurance company or the Road Accident Fund, or if you want to claim the costs of repairs from the other party.

    If you have a camera or your cellular phone with you, it is a good idea to take photographs at the scene of the accident. Take photographs of the other vehicles that are involved, the location of the vehicles on the scene, the damages and licence plates. The information that has been captured will come in handy at a later stage during the processing of your claim. This will also assist the investigation should there be any discrepancies, for example, regarding the extent of the damage.

    Make sure to report the accident to the police, as the police do not have to be called to the scene if no-one was injured. The accident must however, be reported by both drivers at a police station or traffic department office in the area where the accident took place, within 24 hours.

    If you are injured and cannot report the accident immediately, you must do so as soon as possible and explain why there has been a delay.

    Contact your insurer as soon as possible in order to start the claim process. Most insurers require that you lodge a claim within 30 days from the date of the incident. As a MiWay client you can lodge your claim online by using MiXpress, which is the client self-service portal.

    Other Dos and Don’ts

    • Do not make any statements admitting fault as this may affect the investigation and authorisation of your claim;
    • If your vehicle needs towing, only use a towing service that is authorised by your insurance company;
    • If you do not have tow cover with your insurance company ask the tow truck driver for a quote before your vehicle is towed away; and
    • Write down the name, contact details and vehicle registration number of the driver and tow truck and find out where your vehicle is being taken.

    Remember these tips and inform your insurance company as soon as possible to ensure that you are back on the road in no time.

    By Rory Judd, MiWay Head of Online Marketing]

    MiWay is an Authorised Financial Services Provider (Licence no: 33970).

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    Best photos to take after a car crash

    Vehicle Recovery and Road Safety

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  • 3 Team Absa riders aim for ‘Amabubesi’ medals March 29, 2014


    WESTERN CAPE, 29 MARCH 2014 – To finish the Absa Cape Epic once is an exceptional  achievement; to complete it three times takes the heart of a lion.

    Amabubesi is Zulu for ‘pride of lions’ and is the name of the club made up of riders who have completed the Absa Cape Epic at least 3 times. Tomorrow, three Team Absa riders are aiming to become part of this elite club by completing the world’s toughest stage race that has taken them on a 718km journey through some of the Western Cape’s most scenic , but also treacherous , terrain.

    These riders are William Mokgopo, Clayton Duckworth and Tim Brink.

    Says team captain, Ernst Viljoen, “With days of mud, rain, cold, bumps and bruises – we are exhausted.  What keeps us going is our individual goals and I know the three inspiring men will do Team Absa proud and come home with the Amabubesi.”

    Twenty-two year old William is the youngest member of Team Absa. He was first introduced to mountain biking in 2006 through a Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy project called “Earn-a-Bike”. The initiative saw children from Diepsloot taught how to build a bicycle. Once complete, they were then allowed to keep the bike as their own. This was William’s first MTB.

    He’s now a rising mountain bike star; just days ago, Cycling SA announced that William has been selected for the Elite U23 XCO Team for the MTB XCO World Cup taking place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in April this year.

    Clayton Duckworth is a former pro-motocross rider who this year completed his third Absa Cape Epic, earning himself an Amabubesi medal. This year he was partnered with Absa Cape Epic first-timer and Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy rider, Tsepo Nyirenda.

    Ride Magazine editor, Tim Brink, was a last minute edition to the 2014 Team Absa. He replaced Jan Scannel, who was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury, just days before the start of the Absa Cape Epic.

    Tim, who describes himself as a father, editor, writer and cyclist, finished this year’s Absa Cape Epic after a nine-year absence from the race.

    Image caption: (L-R) Team Absa riders Clayton Duckworth, Tim Brink and William Mokgopo after Stage 6 of the Absa Cape Epic.

    Today’s Stage 6 Absa Cape Epic results:

    Owen Hannie and William Mokgopo (completed in 4:46.13) 72nd position in Men’s category

    Ernst Viljoen and Tim Brink (completed in 5:42) 102nd position in Master’s category

    Stefan Terblanche and Joel Stransky (completed in 4:48.11) 101st in Men’s category

    Gugu Zulu and Hlubi Mboya  (completed in 7:04.02) 47th in Mixed category

    Clayton Duckworth and Tsepo Nyirenda (completed in 5:57.16) 195th in Men’s category

    Also view:

    Mountain Bike Events / Planning and the Safety of Bikers

    Mountain Bike Safety and Riding on the Trail


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  • Who has right of way where a vehicle enters the freeway from an onramp? March 27, 2014

    On ramp jhb


    Who has the right of way when taking an on ramp onto the highway, does the car in the leftmost lane have to make way for the car entering, or does the car entering have to stop at the end of the on ramp and wait for a gap?


    Vehicles on the freeway have right of way. Vehicles about to enter the freeway must yield to traffic on the freeway (not ‘highway’).

    However, vehicles on the freeway that are passing an on-ramp have a responsibility to facilitate the entry of vehicles merging with the freeway traffic.

    Here are the sequences of actions for the official K53 Driving Licence test:

    MODULE 53:
    Freeways – entering

    1. Select appropriate lane of the on-ramp.
    2. Check rear-view mirror(s) and appropriate blind spot.
    3. Signal intention, if applicable.
    4. Accelerate, if necessary.
    5. Check rear-view mirror(s), if applicable.
    6. Decelerate, if necessary.
    7. Brake, if necessary.
    8. Yield in accordance with traffic pattern, road traffic signs, signals, rules and markings.
    9. Stop, if necessary.

    10. Select gear, if necessary.
    11. Observe, if applicable.
    12. Move off/proceed, if necessary.
    13. Check the necessary blind spots.
    14. Merge with traffic and obtain sufficient clear space.
    15. Cancel signal.
    Note A: Drive between edge lines of the on-ramp.
    Note B: Do not overtake on a single lane on-ramp.
    Note C: A left and right blind spot check shall be done upon entering a freeway.
    Note D: Additional blind spot checks for a safe gap may be necessary.

    Freeways – passing on-ramps

    1. On approach check rear-view mirrors.
    2. Check blind spot.
    3. Adjust speed and position to facilitate entry of vehicles about to join freeway, if necessary.


    Gavin Hoole
    Learner’s Licence & K53
    Driving Licence Test Info

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  • RMI’s Automobil magazine goes back to the Future Group March 27, 2014


    Having previously had five years of experience in producing Automobil magazine for the Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI), Johannesburg-based Future Group has successfully pitched to re-publish the magazine from the June edition.

    With a membership of 7 500, the RMI provides an effective collective voice for South Africa’s motor industry – and Automobil is perceived to be among the most influential of the country’s automotive publications.

    “Automobil was the Future Group’s first automotive title and since then we have developed a solid footing in the automotive sector. From trucking to consumer awards, custom publishing with major groups through to fleet management – our insights within the sector have grown in leaps and bounds,” says Richard Lendrum, Managing Director of Future Group.

    Based in Johannesburg, the company has had the privilege of working with a number of leading brands, associations and organisations in its 17 years of existence.

    “Today, we’re delighted to announce that after a brief time outside our camp – RMI’s Automobil is back and part of our publishing line-up,” concludes Lendrum.

    Automobil is a monthly publication distributed to RMI members as well as a number of non-members or associated organisations and businesses including those involved in the transport and logistics industries.  Under the Future Group’s auspices the magazine will again be edited by Wynter Murdoch.

    See more on http://www.automobil.co.za  or http://www.rmi.org.za

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  • What are the rules of the road on overtaking a vehicle turning at an intersection? March 12, 2014


    I would like to find out whether it is legal to overtake a turning vehicle in an intersection and if not, where is it specified in the Act.


    Sorry, I just need clarification. Do you mean overtaking on the left if the vehicle is turning right?

    If so – reg 298(1)(a) applies.


    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.




    Alta Swanepoel & Associates

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