Take them up on their offer, ensure your family’s safety this holiday
South Africa’s Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI) has initiated a free safety check campaign aimed at ensuring that vehicles are fit for journeys undertaken over the Christmas holiday period.
The RMI has obtained a commitment from a selection of the country’s private and municipal vehicle testing stations to provide resources to conduct safety checks between December 1 and December 13.
In the past similar campaigns have revealed that up to 78% of vehicles tested for safety critical defects have been found to require repairs.
“With the festive season being synonymous with a high rate of road deaths and injuries, the RMI urges all motorists to take their vehicles to participating testing stations to have them checked for safety. The purpose is to ensure that vehicles are in a fit condition, especially with regard to safety critical items, that could make the difference between life and death,” says the RMI’s CEO, Jakkie Olivier.
Safety critical items participating testing stations will check for free comprise:
• All lights including indicators;
• Seat belts;
• Windscreen wipers;
• Front and rear tyres
• Brakes front and rear, including the parking brake;
• Steering mechanisms including control arms, steering boxes and tie rod ends;
• Front and rear suspension;
• Exhaust system;
• Wheel alignment.
Operators of non-RMI affiliated testing stations have been asked by the RMI to commit their resources to the campaign. “We would like to check as many vehicles as possible,” said Olivier. “The aim is to help to reduce the high level of road deaths and injuries that occur over this period.”
For details of participating testing stations contact the RMI’s regional offices at Johannesburg 011 789 2542; Pretoria 012 348 9311; Cape Town 021 939 9440; Durban 031 266 7031. Testing stations in the Free State, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape are not involved in the campaign.