With long-distance travelling expected to increase on Northern Cape roads, the SA National Roads Agency has announced that its routine road maintenance team will remain on standby throughout the festive season.
WITH long-distance travelling expected to increase on Northern Cape roads, the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced that its routine road maintenance (RRM) team will remain on standby throughout the festive season.
According to Randall Cable, the manager of the Sanral Western Region, which includes the Northern Cape and Western Cape, the agency is working in collaboration with the provincial departments to ensure that all road users are safe on the roads during this time.
“To accommodate increased holiday traffic volumes, all conventional construction work will cease on Thursday, December 14, until the second week in January 2024. The RRM teams will, however, remain on standby throughout the holiday period as they are part of the first responders in the event of any incidents on the national road network,” said Cable.
“Through the Road Incident Management System (RIMS), our RRM teams will be working throughout the festive season to respond to any incident on the roads, assist with road closures and the reopening of the road once an incident is cleared.”
Cable added that there are location marker boards visible along the road should road users have an emergency.
“Location marker boards, or blue marker boards as they are commonly called, are located every 200m on national routes. These boards give the name of the route, for instance N7, N10 or N12, the particular section of the road and the kilometre distance. If road users are faced with an emergency, they can find their closest board and note the details so that the operator is able to direct the response team to an accurate location.
“Some of the RIMS in the Northern Cape is managed through Centralised Communication Centres (CCCs), from where information is dispatched to the relevant unit to ensure a co-ordinated and highly-effective response, based on the nature of the incident.
“Road users may also make use of the South African Police Service (SAPS) emergency number 10111 or the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) number 10177,” added Cable.
He urged all road users to be safe on the roads and to take their fellow motorists or pedestrians into account.
“The road is a shared space to be used responsibly by all road users. Sanral urges all road users to adhere to the rules of the road and to also ensure that their vehicles are fit for the journey.
“We are still seeing too many serious and fatal crashes caused mainly by poor driver behaviour and choices. These include drunk driving and walking, distracted drivers, speeding, dangerous overtaking and driver fatigue.
“I do believe that with every individual making a conscious decision to do the right thing, and being the change that we want to see on our roads, we can have a chain reaction of becoming more conscious and more vigilant road users, all committed to putting an end to the unnecessary loss of lives on our roads,” Cable concluded.