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The Road Accident Fund continually reports that funding is insufficient to meet its demands.  Although theoretically the increased number of road users should result in increased fuel levy collections.  The question however needs to be addressed whether the fuel levy increases are on track with the increase in the number of serious accidents and the higher value of claims.

According to Transport Portfolio Committee (Parliament) there are too many fatal road accidents.  Let’s hope these good words are put into action.

High rate of road accidents‚ fatalities should not be tolerated: portfolio committee

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Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport said on Tuesday the rate at which road accidents and related fatalities were happening in South Africa were alarmingly high and should not be tolerated.

“It is unfortunate that road fatalities continue to rob families of breadwinners and relatives in the manner we saw over the weekend‚” said the chairperson of the committee‚ Dikeledi Magadzi.

“The Road Traffic Management Corporation and all other relevant law enforcement agencies should up their game and not mostly focus on the festive season. Drivers ought to be alert at all times to the terrain of their localities. If during one ordinary weekend the country loses such a number of lives on the road‚ then it is the right time to reflect‚” she said.

A record number (46) of people died in the Eastern Cape following road accidents over the weekend on the R408 between the towns of Willowvale and Butterworth‚ and on the R61 between Cradock and Graaff Reinet.

Magadzi sent condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

RDM News Wire | 01 September, 2015

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