The crash that occurred yesterday on the M41 near Umhlanga, destroying almost 50 cars and injuring 16 people, is both unacceptable and unnecessary.
Notwithstanding the loss of life, injuries, and loss of property, such scenes cannot be allowed to continue.
The Road Freight Association (RFA) calls on the relevant local authority to initiate the post-crash investigation as a matter of urgency and to determine what caused the crash.
As the RFA has continually noted: the causes of such crashes need to be identified and then actively addressed.
Those transporters (or any road user for that matter) who choose to be non-compliant (eg. roadworthy/dangerous vehicles and/or badly skilled drivers) need to be held liable and culpable. They also need to be removed from the road.
In addition, the road where the crash occurred was congested for a while – but also damaged. South Africa cannot afford this.
It is that time local and provincial authorities clamped down on all unroadworthy vehicles, reckless and negligent driving and those who use our roads in a selfish and illegal manner.
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