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Most heavy trucks on SA's highways aren't roadworthy - FleetWatch

For every 10 heavy trucks on our roads, between six and seven of them are unroadworthy, according to trucking publication FleetWatch.

FleetWatch editor Patrick O’Leary says the results emanate from a project called 'Break and Tyre Watch', started five years ago.

According to O’Leary, the project involves training traffic enforcement about truck inspection.

We randomly take trucks off the road and inspect them in a training excercise with the traffic cops. We show them what to look for in unroadworthy signs.

Patrick O’Leary, Editor of FleetWatch

Since 2011, a sample of 654 trucks have been tested, 442 of which failed the roadworthiness test.

The failures range from a disconnected Automatic Brake system to trucks having no brakes at all. The ramifications of this are horrendous. We see this quite often and it's a horror situation on the roads at the moment.

Patrick O’Leary, Editor of FleetWatch

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