NEWS New traffic survey: Trucks not default cause of accidents

New traffic survey: Trucks not default cause of accidents

Logistics and fleet management organization Webfleet has released its first road safety report for 2022, which it says offers “unobtainable insight into the causes of accidents on South African roads”.

survey results

Based on its research into incidents and accidents involving everything from vans to large trucks over the past year, it calculated the following from more than 14,000 responses to a survey:

  • Minor to major accidents: 8.9%
  • Accidents caused by distracted driving: 21%
  • Accidents caused by other vehicles: 33%
  • Speeding: 7%
  • Drowsy driving accidents: 12%
  • Reckless driving: 7%
  • Drunk driving: 4%
  • Poor road conditions: 7%
  • Pedestrian accidents: 1%

Justin Manson, sales director at Webfleet, said: “With a longstanding culture of non-compliance among motorists and officials in South Africa, it’s no surprise that transport companies see other road users as a major risk factor for the collisions they experience .” .

“Recent news reports appear to place the blame on truck drivers, but the reality is that other motorists may not be following industry-specific driving, training and safety standards, contributing to the increasing number of road accidents.”

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“Unfortunately, this and other external factors, such as road conditions and weather, are out of the control of transport operators. However, they do have the ability to significantly reduce risk in areas they control.”

However, despite some encouragement from the four companies that have had no accidents in the so-called hazmat unit’s combined fleet of 160 trucks throughout the year, the number of accidents remains high regardless of the measures taken, Manson said. Steps are being taken to prevent it.

“The difficulty in achieving improvement in this area is the lack of accurate data that would allow road safety practitioners to measure the actual situation in order to manage it more effectively,” Manson said.


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