Car crashes cost SA millions - MasterDrive

Johannesburg - The price of fuel dropped due to a strong Rand against the US Dollar earlier in March, leading to a decrease in the price of petrol and diesel by 19.33c/l and 19.68c/l respectively.

The decrease in the fuel price however will be short lived as an increase in the fuel levy is to take effect from April 2018. 

As of April, motorists can expect to pay an additional 52c/litre of fuel due to an increase in fuel levies. Of this, 30c/litre will go to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in an attempt to stabalise the liabilities of the fund, reports Masterdrive South Africa.

The road safety and training organisation highlights the effects of crashes in SA.

Masterdrive SA  said: "The RAF has a massive backlog of claims which actuaries estimate will be at R355-billion by 2020/21.

"While the role of the RAF is important and has been a major life-changer for those who have been drastically affected following a car crash, it might be time to consider another way to lessen the financial strain on the institution."

SA road death toll

The Road Traffic Management Corporation reports that 1527 were killed during the 2017/2018 SA festive season. From January to December 2016, 14071 people were killed on South Africas roads - a 9% increase compared to the 12944 deaths in 2015. 


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Reducing crashes in SA

Managing Director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, said: "It is time for various stakeholders in the road safety sphere to come to together and find a way to reduce the number of crashes that occur in the first place.
 
"There are many organisations which have engaged with MasterDrive to reduce the risk their drivers face on the roads both for work purposes and in their personal capacity. Together with various corporates, we have seen a reduction of up to 50% in the number of crashes in which the drivers of each organisation are involved."

What can be done to resolve RAF claims?

MasterDrive said: "Instead of forcing innocent victims to wait lengthy time periods for payouts, which they may be depending on for adequate quality of life, we need to start looking at prevention rather than cure, more extensively. Various organisations have the potential to contribute positively to this challenge. Rather than decry the inadequacies of a system, which is under great pressure in this country, we can start rectifying the root of the issue before we even need to claim."

What about the insurance industry? 

Herbert said: "Just one example is the insurance industry; reducing the number of crashes on our roads can impact large portions of this industry. Not only short-term insurance can benefit from initiatives like training but long-term insurance, such as life protection, can benefit as well.
 
"The examples of industries which stand to greatly benefit from a reduction in fatalities and injuries on our roads are innumerable. The challenges faced by the RAF are echoed in many organisations in varying degrees. If corporate and training bodies tackle this challenge together, the difference that can be made will also be innumerable."

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