First slow down taxis… then cars

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Jody Nel

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Jody Nel

Not only new buses and minibus taxis will have to have speed governors fitted – cars also will have to follow suit soon.

From December 2016 mini-buses, midi-buses, buses and goods vehicles getting registered the first time will be required to have a speed governor fitted. This is aimed at slowing down larger vehicles so that they remain at the speed set out by the National Road Traffic Act to either 80km/h or 100km/h, depending on the road.

However, according to Business Report, the national transport department envisions that all new vehicles would be manufactured and sold to the public already fitted with speed governors to ensure that the vehicle does not exceed the prescribed speed limits for that vehicle.

Speed governors are already being used by vehicle manufacturers to ensure that vehicles do not exceed speeds that may damage the engine, and in certain countries they are already mandatory. Mopeds in the UK, for example, have had to have a speed governor since 1977 preventing them from traveling at more than 48km/h. In New Zealand and Europe, all heavy vehicles are limited to 90km/h or 100km/h.

In Germany, vehicle manufacturers reached a general agreement to limit their vehicles to a top speed of 250km/h because of the high speeds allowed on the Autobahn. This was done in part to reduce the political desire to introduce a speed limit.

In South Africa measures to stop law-breaking on our roads are increasingly put in place. Networks of average speed over distance (Asod) cameras have already been installed in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, with plans in the works for further camera installations.

According to a My Broadband report from July 2015 Kevin October, Western Cape manager: transport regulations said: “Asod removes the old ‘hidden’ speed camera enforcement as all motorists are adequately warned of the Asod area and compelled to keep to prescribed speeds. Further roll-out of the Asod is on the way.”


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