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Once again, to all of you, our wonderful partners who participated on our event on the 21st June, a huge ‘Thank You’ for your effort and time.
I would like to reiterate the objectives of the evening, prior to sharing the results of the research.
Firstly, we had received reports of trucks operating with scanned vehicle license discs and incorrect number plates. The research methodology was to compare the VIN No on the disc to that of the physical Manufacturer’s plate on the vehicle by a visual inspection.
Secondly, as a follow up on a previous campaign, and in order to allow an average result, trucks with defective lights were recorded. Only headlights and taillights were investigated – lights between these two were not included ie rear of a truck tractor with trailer/s.
Thirdly, to create an opportunity to educate the public with regards to the recently installed law enforcement cameras, with a focus on how the average speed component operates as well as the other law enforcement tools available on the system ie fraudulent licenses, expired licenses and incorrect number plates.
During the period 15:00 – 23:00, a total of 1407 Class 4 (Heavies) were recorded northbound at Tugela Plaza, of which 223 were stopped and inspected..
During this period, 2 vehicles (0,9%) were found to have incorrect number plates and non corresponding license discs. A further 8 vehicles (3,6%) were found to have expired licenses.
During the period 18:00 – 23:00, a total of 918 Class 4 (Heavies) were recorded northbound at Tugela Plaza, of which 97 (10,6%) were found to have defective lights. This percentage is marginally better than our previous research at the same venue last year, where we recorded an 11,3% of trucks with defective lighting (117 out of a sample size of 1031 vehicles). Combining the total number of trucks over these two exercises, the average percentage of trucks recorded with defective lighting computes to 10,98%. In real terms, this relates to just over one in ten heavy vehicles have defective lighting.
MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE
No Seatbelt Wrong fit Result of an adult seatbelt on a child
Every year more than 1500 children are killed in traffic crashes and thousands more are injured. The safety of the children in a vehicle is the responsibility of the driver.
Injuries to children can be significantly reduced by using a suitable child restraint. They must be approved to the SABS or United Nations ECE Regulation 44.03 or subsequent standards. These give the weight range for the children who may use them.
You must use the right seat for each child. There are several types of child restraints – baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions. You must check on the seat description itself that it is suitable for your child's weight. Look for a label with an "E" mark or the SABS mark
Before buying a child restraint, you should try it in your car to make sure it fits properly. Ask for a demonstration. A properly installed restraint fits tightly into the adult seat – push your weight against it while tightening the adult seat belt. The seat belt buckle should not rest on the restraint frame. Beware of old or second-hand restraints which may be damaged or worn out. These seats may also not have proper fitting instructions and may not meet current standards.
Take ample time to fit a child restraint in your car and always follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Recent vehicles may have ISOFix attachment points. An ISOFix child restraint is installed using these and not the adult seat belt (although many can be used with adult belts). Check your vehicle manual to find out exactly how the system works. Isofix restraints are easier and quicker to install accurately and safely. But always check whether a child restraint is suitable for the ISOFix points in your car – some will differ. Some manufacturers also supply specifically designed seats for their vehicles.
Adult belts are best for adults over 150cms (4ft 11ins) or taller. They are not designed for children. A booster seat or cushion may not be popular with older children but it puts them in the right position so that they get the maximum protection from the adult belt. It is important to get the belt low across the abdomen from hip bone to hip bone and over the shoulder, away from the neck.
As children get older, they need to move up to the next restraint. For specific information in relation to your child, you should refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the suitability of the restraint for your child. Manufacturers may use different names and some products cover more than one weight range.
For a very young child, this is the safest type of restraint available. A baby seat is rear-facing and can be fitted in the front or rear of a car using the adult lap-and-diagonal seat belt, or by ISOFix attachment points, following the manufacturer's instructions. A portable baby seat can be convenient to use and to carry, and you are more likely to use it on every journey.
Some baby seats can be converted into forward-facing child seats and may therefore be usable until you child is older.
Note that carrycots with restraint straps do not provide the protection provided by purpose designed baby seats. A baby seat is safer and more convenient, although doctors may occasionally advise the use of a carrycot, e.g. for premature or very low birth weight babies. .
WARNING. NEVER USE A REAR-FACING CHILD RESTRAINT IN THE FRONT SEAT OF A CAR FITTED WITH AN ACTIVE FRONTAL AIRBAG. THIS IS BECAUSE THE RESTRAINT WILL BE TOO CLOSE TO THE DASHBOARD AND IN AN ACCIDENT, THE EXPANDING AIRBAG IS LIABLE TO CAUSE SERIOUS OR FATAL INJURY TO THE CHILD.
A child seat is a separate seat secured either by an adult seat belt, or ISOFix attachment points. The child is then restrained by the seat's own harness, which has the advantage of being specifically designed for a child. Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions every time when fitting the child seat.
A child seat harness should include a 'crotch strap' which will prevent the child from sliding out feet first in an accident. A booster seat puts a child in the right position so that an adult seat belt gives most protection. Slots guide the adult seat belt straps around a child and must be used as instructed by the manufacturer. Both the booster seat and the child are restrained by the adult seat belt.
Most booster seats are intended to be used with an adult lap-and-diagonal seat belt. However some are designed to be used where only an adult lap-belt is fitted.
This is for a child who is too large for a child seat or booster seat. It is designed to raise a child so that the adult seat belt can be used safely. It must be used as instructed by the manufacturer.