What's being done to ensure car safety in South Africa?
The safety of some entry-level cars in South Africa continues to be in the limelight as car crash statistics keep escalating.
This follows a safety test conducted by the Automobile Association, which found that South African car manufacturers are placing cheaper prices ahead of safety.
One of the vehicles that failed the test dismally was the Nissan NP300 receiving a zero rating on passenger safety and only 2-stars for child safety.
CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Duncan Mutengwe, GM of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, about what it is doing to make vehicles safer.
According to Mutengwe, the regulator operates within certain boundaries as stipulated in the compulsory specifications.
He explains why the Nissan NP300 has different safety standards in terms of the regulations.
We are talking about a vehicle which is categorised as a goods carrying vehicle here in South Africa and as a result, we assess the vehicle as a goods-carrying vehicle.Duncan Mutengwe, GM of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications
The requirements for goods-carrying vehicle and a passenger vehicle are not the same.Duncan Mutengwe, GM of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications
Mutengwe says it is now working closely with the industry to review the compulsory specifications to take into considerations the technology as it advances.
We have already established a programme together with associated industry wherein we are going to review the requirements that are in the compulsory specifications such that it acknowledges the newer technology and enhances safety on the road.Duncan Mutengwe, GM of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications
To hear the rest of the conversations with Duncan Mutengwe, listen below:
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