Free car checks for Christmas

2012-12-03 08:38

As the festive season gets under way, South Africans take to the road and true to its name everything gets a bit silly during this season. The tally of deaths at the end of January the next year is often staggering and besides intoxicated drivers being a danger the issues of vehicle road safety also come into play.

More than 900 people were killed on South Africa's roads during December 2011, according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation.


The National Vehicle Testing Association and participating vehicle testing stations - municipal and private - have created a free national safety check campaign (excluding Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and PE/EL) that will run until December 15, 2012 ahead of the Christmas holiday frenzy.

In the absence of a compulsory periodic vehicle-testing regime, the Retail Motor Industry Organisation strongly advocates regular maintenance and servicing as well as frequent checking, of motor vehicle components.

This is in line with its support of the Department of Transport’s Decade of Action Campaign which seeks to halve road deaths over the next 10 years.

Research conducted by the RMI indicates that the causes of major fatal accidents can frequently be attributed directly to safety-critical component failure. Alarmingly, in the previous free safety check campaign performed by NVTA an 82% failure rate for inspected vehicles was documented.

This year’s national campaign is a safety-critical check and not a roadworthy evaluation and concerns:

All lights / turn indicators
Wheel alignment
Front and rear suspension
Steering mechanism (steering control arm, steering box and tie rod ends)
Foot-brake rear
Foot-brake front
Rear tyres
Front tyres
Wipers and
Seat belts

To locate your nearest participating testing station (countrywide) call the RMI’s regional offices on the numbers set out below.
Western Cape: 021 939 9440
Highveld: 011 886 6300
Nothern Region: 012 348 9311
Free State and Northern Cape: 051 430 3294
KwaZulu Natal: 031 266 7031
Eastern Cape: 041 364 0070

  • john.mcguinness.9465 - 2012-12-03 12:16

    Will someone please explain why an exhaust check is safety critical. But it is seriously time that cars had yearly checks just like the UK MOT.

      marc.rule - 2012-12-03 13:44

      and for a TAXI every 3 months.

      mogo.naut - 2012-12-04 09:48

      @Marc - Do that and sadly they'll strike to death and hold our country ransom..

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-12-05 08:21

      A leaking exhaust can let carbon monoxide into the cab- leading to drowsiness and possible death due to carbon monoxide poisoning

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