Speed humps must be budgeted for and maintained

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) manager for transport systems and operations says Dr Mathetha Mokonyama says work has been done to set a number of guidelines on how to build traffic calming measures - including speed humps but the implementation of these guidelines are yet to be standardised.

Unfortunately in South Africa, often we do research but it ends up not being used, so there needs to be that whole value chain of generating research and then getting implemented.

Dr Mathetha Mokonyama, Manger for transport systems and operations - CSIR

One of the things that we emphasise is that you need to design for people and not cars but unfortunately, historically we have prioritised our networks, our roads for the use of cars as opposed to people.

Dr Mathetha Mokonyama, Manger for transport systems and operations - CSIR

Mokonyama says having a speed hump becomes an asset to the municipality or the city and its maintenance must be budgeted for.

Having for example a speed hump is not just a hump... you need to make sure the drainage around that asset is maintained, the signage is maintained, the markings are maintained because if you do not do that it becomes more of a danger to the users.

Dr Mathetha Mokonyama, Manger for transport systems and operations - CSIR

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