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SA May Drop Max Road Speed| News by Staff Reporter
From 120km/h to 100km/h in order to reduce road accidents
South African Transport Minster Sibusiso Ndebele on Tuesday announced that he would suggest to Cabinet that the maximum speed limit on SA’s roads be reduced to 100km/h.
He made the announcement after visiting an accident site involving a bakkie and a minibus taxi on the N2 between Empangeni and Mtubatuba, resulting in the loss of ten lives and several serious injuries.
He said in the past two months alone 126 people had died on South Africa’s roads in public transport accidents.
“There are increasing calls and signs that something drastic needs to be done to arrest the current situation,” Mr Ndebele told the SABC.
“Studies conducted in other countries such as Australia where the speed limit is 110km/h indicate that a reduction in speed limit can save lives,” he added.
Ndebele said the daily loss of lives on our roads is an unacceptable situation that calls for a review of the current status quo.