Free car check before holiday trek - use it!

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 FREE VEHICLE CHECK IN SA: Why not take advantage of the offer of a free vehicle check at some private and municipal vehicle testing stations ahead of your holiday drive? Image: Shutterstock ~ Shutterstock

South Africa’s Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI) has initiated a free safety check campaign aimed at ensuring vehicles are fit for journeys during the holidays.

The RMI has obtained a commitment from a selection of the country’s private and municipal vehicle testing stations to provide resources to conduct safety checks between from December 1 to 13 2014.


In the past similar campaigns have revealed that up to 78% of vehicles tested for safety critical defects have been found to require repairs.

RMI’s CEO, Jakkie Olivier, said: "With the festive season being synonymous with a high rate of road deaths and injuries, the RMI urges all motorists to take their vehicles to participating testing stations to have them checked for safety.

"The purpose is to ensure that vehicles are in a fit condition, especially with regard to safety critical items, that could make the difference between life and death."

RMI's free safety-critical check will include:

  • All lights, including indicators
  • Seat belts
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Front and rear tyres
  • Brakes front and rear, including the parking brake
  • Steering mechanisms including control arms, steering boxes and tie-rod ends
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Exhaust system
  • Wheel alignment

Olivier said: "We would like to check as many vehicles as possible. The aim is to help to reduce the high level of road deaths and injuries that occur over this period."

Operators of non-RMI affiliated testing stations have been asked to commit resources to the campaign.

For details of participating testing stations contact the RMI’s regional offices at:

Johannesburg - 011 789-542
Pretoria - 012 348 9311
Cape Town - 021 939 9440
Durban - 031 266 7031

RMI states: "Testing stations in the Free State, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape are not involved in the campaign."