Putting the brakes on unsafe trucks
Fleetwatch’s Brake and Tyre Watch programme highlights how many dangerous lorries are on our roads
The situation regarding unroadworthy trucks on SA’s roads is scary. Unscrupulous operators break the rules and law enforcement agencies are often ill-equipped to deal with the situation effectively. Corruption is also widespread and puts lives in danger. Fortunately, there are hands-on people who are trying to rectify the situation and bring those who ignore the law to book. One of these is Patrick O’Leary, editor of Fleetwatch magazine, who together with a team of experts recently held the 34th Brake and Tyre Watch roadside safety check at the Donkerhoek traffic control centre, east of Pretoria, sponsored by Hino SA. Representatives of long-time supporters of this initiative, which started more than 10 years ago, were on hand with presentations that varied from trailers, braking systems, tyres and axles to the South African Road Federation (SARF) and the Road Transport Management System (RTMS). O’Leary started proceedings with a scene-setter that was enlightening and chilling. Imag...