We welcomes the renewed emphasis on road safety.
Clayville Testing Centre has, for some time, been committed to ensuring that safe, well-maintained vehicles use our roads, and has supported the country’s commitment to the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The amendment to regulation 138, which calls for the compulsory roadworthy testing of vehicles older than 10 years, is especially supported in view of the lives that could be save.
This long overdue legislation will force motorists to ensure that their vehicles are maintained in a safe and roadworthy condition, something that has not been the case in the past.
Regular, compulsory testing of vehicles is a common practice in other parts of the world. In most first-world countries, a regime of regular testing for vehicles older than three years is performed every second year, while in other countries, similar tests are carried out annually.
It should also be noted that emission testing forms part of regular testing procedures in some parts of the world. Should South Africa adopt a similar policy, albeit for vehicles older than 10 years, it would signify a significant step forward in vehicle safety.