After conducting numerous seminars on driver behavior and vehicle roadworthiness, it is evident that a majority of people believe that increased government law enforcement would greatly contribute to solving these issues.
The question I would like to raise is: Where should law enforcement begin?
Should it start with the government itself, the vehicle owners, the proxy (intermediary), the fleet manager, or the company management?
It is a fact that companies and individuals can have a greater impact on improving road safety than any government law enforcement authority by simply taking responsibility for their own actions.
For instance, consider the case of the largest online store in South Africa, which utilizes independent vehicle owners for delivering parcels across the country. While they claim to create employment, many of these deliveries are carried out using vehicles that are in poor condition and not roadworthy. In this scenario, the company should take responsibility by thoroughly vetting the independent delivery vehicles to ensure compliance with the National Road Traffic Act. They should also require regular vehicle inspection sheets from these independent drivers to ensure ongoing compliance. By doing so, they would enhance their brand reputation and contribute to safer roads for everyone.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. It is always valuable to gather insights from others on this controversial topic.
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