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  • Road Traffic Report

    March 2008

    17 April 2008

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    Index

    Section Topic Page

    1 Executive Summary 4

    2 Vehicle Population 10 2.1 Number of Registered Vehicles 10 2.2 Un-roadworthy and un-licenced vehicles 11 2.3 Number of Vehicles per road length 16

    3 Driver Population 18 3.1 Learner Driving Licences 18 3.2 Driving Licences Issued and Expired 19 3.3 Professional Driving Permits (PrDP’s) Issued and Expired 21

    4 Human Population and Mobility 24

    5 Fatal Road Crashes and Fatalities 27 5.1 Number of Fatal Crashes 27 5.2 Number of Fatalities 28 5.3 Number of Fatalities per Road User Group 29 5.4 Number of Fatalities per Age Group 30 5.5 Number of Vehicles involved in Fatal Crashes 32 5.6 Number of Fatal Crashes and Fatalities per Type of Crash 34 5.7 Number of Crashes and Fatalities per Day of Week 36 5.8 Number of Crashes and Fatalities per Time of Day 38 5.9 Severity of Crashes per Province and per Month 40 5.10 Cost of Fatal Crashes 41 5.11 Crash and Fatality Rates and Trends per 10,000 Vehicles 42 5.12 Provincial monthly crashes, fatalities, rates and trends 44

    6 Easter 2008 45

    7 Discussion and Conclusion 50

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    Index of Annexures Annexure Topic Page

    A Vehicle population per Province 52 B Un-Roadworthy and Un-Licenced Vehicles 53 C Number of Learner and Driving Licences and PrDPs 56 D Number of Fatal Crashes per Province 58 E Number of Fatalities per Province 59 F Number of Driver, Passenger and Pedestrian Fatalities per Vehicle

    Type 60

    G Number of Driver, Passenger and Pedestrian Fatalities per Age Group 64 H Number of Vehicles per Type involved in Fatal Crashes 68 I Number of Crashes and Fatalities per Type of Crash 69 J Number of Crashes and Fatalities per Day of Week 73 K Number of Crashes and Fatalities per Time of Day 75 L Cost of Fatal Crashes per Province and Type of Crash 77 M Rolling 12-month number of fatal crashes and fatalities : 36 months 78 N % annual change in rolling 12-month crashes and fatalities 80 O Rolling 12-month crashes and fatalities per 10,000 motorised vehicles 82

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    1. Executive Summary

    1.1 Vehicle Population

    1.1.1 The number of registered vehicles increased by 455,615 (5,22%) from 8,727,062 on 31 March 2007 to 9,182,677 vehicles on 31 March 2008.

    1.1.2 On a percentage basis the biggest change was for buses, which increased by 9,14% to 40,760. Motorised vehicles increased by 5,40% and towed vehicles increased by 3,69%.

    1.1.3 The total number of vehicles that are either un-roadworthy, un- licenced or both increased by 142,194 (18,23%) from 780,006 vehicles at the end of March 2007 to 922,200 vehicles at the end of March 2008.

    1.1.4 The number of vehicles that are un-roadworthy (but licenced) increased by 109,185 (40,79%) from 267,691 vehicles at the end of March 2007 to 376,876 vehicles at the end of March 2008.

    1.1.5 The number of un-licenced vehicles (but roadworthy) increased by 22,666 (4,95%) from 458,016 vehicles at the end of March 2007 to 480,682 vehicles at the end of March 2008.

    1.1.6 On a national basis, the average number of motorised vehicles per one (1) kilometre of road increased by 3 (36,6%, or an annual average of 4,58%) over the 8-year period from 8 vehicles at the end of March 2000 to 11 vehicles at the end of March 2008.

    1.1.7 In Gauteng Province the average number of vehicles increased by 17 (41,43%, or an annual average of 5,18%) over the 8-year period from 41 vehicles at the end of March 2000 to 58 vehicles per 1 kilometre of road at the end of March 2008.

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    1.2 Driver Population

    1.2.1 The number of learner driving licences issued increased by 48,500 (4,48%) from 1,082,163 at the end of March 2007 to 1,130,663 at the end of March 2008.

    1.2.2 The number of driving licences issued increased by 306,602 (3,88%) from 7,899,385 at the end of March 2007 to 8,205,987 at the end of March 2008.

    1.2.3 At the end of March 2008 there were a total of 969,744 expired driving licence cards recorded on the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS). This figure is 11,82% of all licences issued.

    1.2.4 The number of Professional Driving Permits (PrDP’s) issued increased by 31,808 (4,70%) from 676,445 at the end of March 2007 to 708,253 at the end of March 2008.

    1.2.5 At the end of March 2008 there were a total of 233,077 expired Professional Driving Permits (PrDPs) recorded on the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS). This figure represents 32,91% of all PrDPs issued.

    1.3 Mobility

    1.3.1 The general overall mobility in terms of the number of persons

    per road vehicle (vehicles that can reasonably transport passengers; such as motorcars, minibuses, buses, motorcycles and LDV’s “bakkies”), improved by 15,27% (or an average annual improvement of about 5,01%), from a national average of 7,37 persons per vehicle at the end of March 2005 to 6,24 persons per vehicle at the end of Mach 2008.

    1.3.2 The overall mobility in terms of the number of persons per “heavy” public passenger road transport vehicle (minibuses and buses) over the 3-year period improved by 11,14% from about 169 persons per vehicle at the end of March 2005 to 150 persons per vehicle at the end of March 2008.

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    1.3.3 On a national basis, the overall mobility in terms of the number of public passenger transport vehicles per 10,000 population over the 3-year period improved by 12,54% (or an average annual improvement of about 4,18%), from 59 vehicles per 10,000 persons at the end of March 2005 to 67 vehicles per 10,000 persons at the end of March 2008.

    1.4 Fatal Road Crashes and Fatalities

    1.4.1 Over the 12-month period from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

    the number of fatal crashes decreased by 1,000 (7,95%) from 12,577 crashes over the same period the previous year to 11,577.

    1.4.2 Decreases were recorded in 7 Provinces. On a provincial percentage basis the biggest decreases over the 12-month period were recorded as follows:

    KwaZulu-Natal : decrease of 556 (22,22%) from 2,502 to 1,946

    Free State : decrease of 120 (13,42%) from 894 to 774; and

    Gauteng : decrease of 257 (8,56%) from 3,003 to 2,746.

    1.4.3 Increases in fatal crashes over the 12-month period were recorded in 2 provinces as follows:

    Mpumalanga : increase of 104 (9,29%) from 1,119 to 1,223; and

    Limpopo : increase of 1 (0,10%) from 1,028 to 1,029.

    1.4.4 Over the 12-month period from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 the number of fatalities decreased by 887 (5,72%) from 15,515 fatalities over the same period the previous year to 14,627.

    1.4.5 Six Provinces recorded increases in fatalities. On a provincial percentage basis the biggest decreases were recorded as follows:

    KwaZulu-Natal : decrease of 528 (17,78%) from 2,970 to 2,442

    Gauteng : decrease of 415 (11,80%) from 3,515 to 3,100;

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    and Free State : decrease of 75 (6,44%) from 1,163 to 1,088.

    1.4.6 Increases in the number of fatalities over the 12-month period

    were recorded in 3 provinces as follows: Mpumalanga : increase of 192 (12,53%) from 1,532 to

    1,724 Limpopo : increase of 73 (5,53%) from 1,316 to 1,388;

    and Northern Cape : increase of 6 (1,56%) from 407 to 414.

    1.4.7 From 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 the changes in the number of fatalities per road user group were as follows:

    Drivers : decrease of 247 (5,46%) from 4,531 to 4,283 Passengers : increase of 78 (1,55%) from 4,995 to 5,073;

    and Pedestrians : decrease of 717 (11,98%) from 5,989 to

    5,272.

    1.4.8 From 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 the total number of vehicles involved in fatal crashes decreased by 1,322 (8,02%) from 16,494 in 2006-2007 to 15,172 in 2007-2008.

    1.4.9 The biggest changes (on a percentage basis) in the number of vehicles per type of vehicle were recorded as follows:

    Buses : decrease of 91 (24,57%) from 370 to 279 Minibus taxis : decrease of 51 (17,29%) from 295 to 244;

    and Minibuses : decrease of 135 (10,60%) from 1,273 to

    1,138.

    1.4.10 The biggest changes (on a percentage basis) in the number of fatalities per type of vehicle were recorded as follows:

    Buses : decrease of 119 (29,46%) from 404 to 285 Minibus taxis : decrease of 71 (18,98%) from 373