Do not board overloaded and unroadworthy vehicles: MVA

Road users in Namibia are urged to adhere to all traffic rules, use the road responsibly and be alert to preserve lives at all times.

This joint appeal was made by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, and Roads Authority (RA).

The organisations said in a statement issued on Sunday that considering the resumption of schools and most companies this coming week, high volumes of traffic flow has been observed, and is expected to increase throughout the country.

Passengers are therefore urged to take responsibility for their own safety by not boarding overloaded and unroadworthy vehicles.

Statistics from the MVA Fund Call Centre from 22 November 2014 until 18h00 on 09 January 2015 indicate that 555 crashes occurred, 1131 persons were injured and 83 lives lost as a result of mainly roll-overs, collisions and pedestrian-related crashes.

Motorists should know that any form of vehicle overloading compromises the control of drivers on their vehicles and extra strain is placed on tyres, which could result in tyre bursts with the ultimate result of roll-over crashes.

The statement read that an increasing number of drivers do not keep to the prescribed speed limits and deliberately overload their vehicles.

“Non-adherence to the rules of the road, non-compliance to road transport regulations and the lack of respect and courtesy toward other road users will not be tolerated, and offenders will be followed accordingly,” it said.