Following a tragic truck accident that took a place a week ago that left two dead, Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Transport Department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi about some of the laws regulating the trucks on national roads.
Mnisi says the law governing minibus taxis and goods vehicles came into effect in December 2016. The vehicles should be fitted with speed governors in order to restrict the speed in line with the recommended speed limits on the roads.
According to Mnisi the truck that overturned on the N1 a week ago did not have the speed governor fitted because it was a model made before 2016 -before the law came into effect.
Patrick O' Leary, Fleetwatch Magazine editor says there is a difference between tachometer and speed governors that Mnisi is talking about. He says tachometers help in monitoring the speed the vehicle is going at, which should be installed.
In South Africa there is no law that says tachometers or speed monitoring dwevices should be installed in vehicles.
The industry has now moved to telemetrics, which gives a live recording of speed and driver behaviour, says O'Leary.
He recommends that the department explores these devices as a way of monitoring trucks' speed.
Any measures that will assist us in making sure that we reduce the carnage on our roads as the department of transport, we are keen to look at those.— Ishmael Mnisi, Spokesperson to Transport Minister Dipou Peters
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