Top news in June
Traffic Fine Differences: Western Cape vs. Joburg
A study by Compareguru.co.za found that the cost of fines in the Western Cape is notably higher compared to other areas of the country. It was revealed that traffic fines in the Western Cape were often double or triple the AARTO equivalent. Local government hopes to clamp down on reckless driving and unroadworthy vehicles with the higher fines as a deterrent.
Diesel Cars Increasing in Popularity in South Africa
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reported that in 2016, for the third successive year, new vehicle sales in South Africa recorded a year-on-year decline. They also noted that the popularity of diesel-engine models has been steadily increasing over recent years - still comparitively low to western Europe.
Licences for Tuk-tuks on South African Roads
The number of tuk-tuks has grown rapidly over the past couple of years, but the laws around the legality and safety of transporting good and people are not so clear.
It seems that tuk tuks may be operated without licences as long as they are not transporting people. They are absolutely required to be licenced if they are being used as a means of public transportation.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
With the volumes of road deaths caused by distracted driving, much of which cell phones are a cause of, Apple aims to assist drivers by blocking text messages. The phone detects that its owner is in a car and not using Apple CarPlay, and mute notifications, sending a automated text message.
Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD) will launch this autumn as part of iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad.
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