By self-regulating, SA’s road freight industry can improve safety and preserve road infrastructure without compromising productivity
Earlier this week, transport minister Fikile Mbalula announced plans for his department to regulate road freight in the country. Mbalula said the department currently has no system for monitoring the performance of commercial trucks on the country’s roads, which he says are responsible for excessive noise, accidents, pollution, and damage to infrastructure.
He added that because of rising fuel costs, labour issues, and other pressures, operators are increasingly cutting corners on vehicle maintenance issues, overextending vehicle life, and overloading.
“Although light delivery cars and trucks accounted for more road fatalities per crash than any other type of vehicle last year, there isn’t a need for further regulations in the industry. That’s because this reckless driving behaviour can be proactively monitored and prevented using technology,” says Justin Manson, Sales Director at Webfleet Solutions. “There are countless AI-based solutions that can pair with telematics to encourage safer driving behaviour and even create safer road conditions for other road users.”
This technology allows road freight companies to self-regulate by implementing driver management solutions that preserve road infrastructure, improve road safety, and increase productivity – which benefits the country’s economy.
Justin Manson is available to discuss the following:
- Why imposing further regulations on the road freight industry isn’t the solution to the high fatality rate on the country’s roads
- Which factors are contributing to reckless driving behaviour in the industry
- How the industry can self-regulate using technology
- What solutions are available to create safer road conditions for other road users
- How self-regulation will improve driver behaviour without compromising productivity