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Road safety is a small investment for a rich future

There are almost 400 000 trucks on South Africa’s roads, according to the National Traffic Information System (NATIS), which means there are potentially hundreds and thousands of commercial truck drivers. Trucks and truck drivers are the nation’s heartbeat. The goods they transport keep the country alive. If you need proof of that just look at the problems in the UK because of lack of drivers. This is why it is important for us to do our part to keep our drivers healthy and advocate for road safety.

In recent months we have seen a high number of truck accidents which highlights the importance of ensuring trucks are roadworthy, not overloaded, drivers are healthy and well rested and that we have better roads. According to a recent study conducted by the RTMC, the main cause of fatal crashes involving trucks are dangerous overtaking, disregarding Traffic lights/signs and making an illegal U turn, brake failure, fatigue, distracted driving, speeding and not keeping safe following distances and tyre bursts.

Mamoja Trading and Projects is embarking on a Road Safety Campaign in February 2023 to drive safety messages and empower truck drivers to comply with legislation that stipulates maximum work and minimum rest limits to ensure drivers are sufficiently rested, adhere to road rules, and also advocate for improved road infrastructure.

In today’s environment, a comprehensively trained driver does not only contribute to road safety but also to the productivity of the transport industry and the country’s economy. The challenges of road freight companies in South Africa have a huge impact on consumers, employees, companies, and the economy – all already affected deeply by the COVID-19 Pandemic resulting in a rise of unemployment.

Businesses need to recruit drivers with specialist skillsets to survive and thrive in South Africa’s truck driver shortage. This means that your logistics team should have trained and licensed drivers to transport different goods and hazardous materials. Having specialist drivers for the job can make all the difference in mitigating risks and ensuring high productivity. When a business has drivers with the right experience, it reduces operational downtime and increases safety. For example, drivers with the right experience will know how to safely transport hazardous materials, ensuring that your business can meet delivery schedules.

Safer roads begin with trained drivers. Even the most effective road safety designs, such as speed limits and traffic calming circles, can only deliver results within the ambit of motorists’ behaviour. It is therefore crucial that companies and professional drivers ensure that they are equipped to handle the various demands and perils of navigating South African roads.


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