Road safety top priority for Bakwena N1N4 Toll Road and partners this festive season

Motorists planning to travel along the N1N4 toll road this festive season can do so in confidence, Bakwena N1N4 toll road has provided additional route patrol vehicles along the N1N4 route. The additional vehicles will assist motorists and traffic authorities with route patrol and emergencies along the route.

Bakwena has once again joined forces with Imperial Road Safety and Imperial’s car rental division, Europcar, to ensure additional highway patrol vehicles are patrolling the N1N4 routes. “Through this relationship, Bakwena has ensured that road safety, our top priority, is at a heightened level over this busy period. The collaboration has doubled route surveillance vehicles: which means an additional four surveillance vehicles will be added to the N1 between Proefplaas and Bela Bela, and two vehicles will be added to the N4,” says Bakwena spokesperson Charmaine van Wyk.

As part of this partnership, Imperial and Europcar handed over six patrol vehicles to Bakwena on 5 December at the Jeppe Quondam sports complex in Bedfordview. Van Wyk says the relationship has been highly successful over the past five years. “It is aimed at improving route surveillance, patrol support and post–crash care during South Africa’s busiest holiday season between 10 December 2016 and 5 January 2017.”

“Increasing the number of highway patrol vehicles along the route has been of great assistance in regulating driving behaviour, which in turn improves road safety,” Through this partnership, the Bakwena route has seen a decrease in the number of crashes and fatalities in previous years – which is evidence that support from corporate South Africa for initiatives like this, plays a pivotal role in addressing the issue of road safety.

In addition to this, the various traffic authorities responsible for law enforcement will be carrying out regular enforcement along the N1N4 route over the holiday period to clamp down on all forms of irresponsible driving – including speeding and drink and driving, which are major contributors to road crashes.

“Road crashes are typically unexpected and sudden – leaving a devastating impact on all parties involved. For this reason, we welcome the continued support from Imperial Road Safety and Europcar in assisting road users and ensuring safer roads for all,” says Van Wyk.

Bakwena urges road users to plan their journey in advance during this time. Peak periods are expected on the N1 north and N4 west from 12 noon to 8pm on 9, 15, 16 and 23 December 2016. On the N1 southbound and N4 eastbound peak periods can be expected from 12 noon to 8pm on 2 and 8 January 2017. All construction works along the Bakwena N1N4 route will be suspended from 14 December 2016 and will restart on 9 January 2017.

“Bakwena and its partners wish all road users a happy festive season and safe travels. We look forward to welcoming all motorists back on the roads after the festive season,” concludes Van Wyk.

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