Despite 3,8% increase in 2016 volumes, Bakwena keeps fatal incidents in single figures

Johannesburg – Bakwena, concessionaire operator for the Platinum Freeway, announced today that it had two fatalities over the 2016 Easter weekend, March 24- 28, on the N1N4 toll route.  Bakwena, and the authorities, continuously strive for zero fatalities as was the case in 2014 and 2015 over the Easter weekends. While this is up from last year, the low rate of fatal incidents on the toll route remains significantly lower than the rest of the country’s major routes.

Spokesperson for Bakwena, Liam Clarke, says that the country is doing well to reduce fatalities on the roads, commending the overall national statistic announced by Minister Dipou Peter, which saw a 46% reduction in fatalities during the Easter period.

“It is important to take all variables into account when analysing road accident data, for example, the 3.8% increase in the number of vehicles on the Bakwena managed routes,” commented Clarke. “Every year we see an increase in car registrations, and with the exchange rate having curtailed foreign travel, it is evident that domestic traffic has increased during peak periods. Both these factors have contributed to a greater number of vehicles on local long distance routes during major holiday seasons. What this means is that despite increased volumes, and increased opportunity for incidents, the statistics can be viewed more favourably.”

Bakwena acknowledges that two deaths is two too many, and has reiterated its commitment to build on the investments made over the past year and continue to improve toll road infrastructure in a way that improves traffic flow and road safety.

“Our continued partnership with traffic authorities from Tshwane, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West, whose presence assists in the low accident statistics, will ensure that we continue to crack down on drivers not adhering to basic traffic laws and safety advisories.”

The N1N4 toll concessionaire takes considerable steps to inform motorists of peak travel times ahead of holiday periods, so that motorists can adequately plan to travel at times when the roads will be less busy.  Furthermore, all road maintenance is routinely suspended to reduce delays and unnecessary frustrations which may lead to unsafe driving behaviours.

The ongoing partnership with Imperial and Europcar contributed significantly towards the reduction of accidents through additional road patrols and roadside assist services, which were effective in removing stationary vehicles and reducing obstructions.

“We are pleased that the consistent efforts of the Department of Transport, and stakeholders like ourselves, to educate motorists on optimal road safety measures has had an impact on driver behaviour over the period, reducing Easter fatalities. It has certainly been a much happier holiday period for all those who reached their destinations safely,” concludes Clarke.