How to buy a classic motorcycle in SA?

'There are a few things you need to consider,’ writes bike guru Dries Van der Walt.

Top family cars in SA

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post has gone from a 'SpeedQueen' to a supermom. Check out her list of top family cars.

US brakes reversing deaths law

2012-02-29 11:18

STANDARD REAR-VIEW CAMERAS: Although offered on many new cars, safety agencies in the US are pushing for rear video cameras to be included as standard safety features to help prevent accidents caused by reversing cars.


NEW YORK - US legislation intended to help prevent children being run over by reversing vehicles has been delayed until the end of 2012.

The US transportation secretary Ray LaHood said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needed more time for "research and data analysis".

The agency proposed in 2010 that automakers include a rear video camera transmitting images to the drivers be mandatory by the 2014 model year.


Nearly 300 people are killed and 18 000 injured each year in the US because of reversing accidents, NHTSA data says. Many incidents occur in home driveways and car parks and nearly half the deaths involve children younger than five. The elderly also are frequent victims.

Lobbyists for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry trade association, met White House officials in December, 2011, to discuss the proposed rules.

They urged the administration to allow automakers the option of including expanded mirrors on vehicles rather than cameras, saying the estimated cost to the industry of cameras would be about $2.7-billion (R20 billion) a year.

The alliance's Gloria Bergquist noted that such cameras were already standard in many vehicle models or offered as options for which car buyers pay extra.

Under a 2008 law, the US government was required to issue final rules to address reversing accidents by February 28, 2011. LaHood has extended that deadline twice already.


Inside Wheels24

Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy auto – understated and smart new hatch

When it comes to the mid-size hatchback choice, there are a few default choices, a few bland ones… and some often overlooked cars. The Opel Astra hatch is an example of the latter, writes David Swanepoel. - Sponsored

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.