RTMC 'disappointed' with road death toll

The RTMC said this year’s festive season road death toll has been higher than other seasons.

A road accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort West claimed four lives on 16 December 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Thursday said it was disappointed with the rise in road fatalities this festive season.

Some 42 people per day, on average, are killed on the country's road since the beginning of December, the RTMC says.

The RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail said, "The average is higher than what we ordinarily experience."

The traffic corporation confirmed that more than 1,000 died on the country's roads this festive season.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has expressed his satisfaction about the behaviour of long distance buses on national roads.

He believes that long distance bus problems were eradicated because bus companies ensured that their vehicles were roadworthy.

This year very few buses were taken off the roads, and none were the cause of major accidents in the province.

The MEC says that private vehicles remain his greatest concern because road users are still not obeying the rules.

"The serious problem during this season has been with private vehicles rather than public transport vehicles."