Kia’s partnership with Bakwena results in fewer road fatalities

Kia partners with Bakwena to save lives

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kia
Bakwena
road safety

Over the recent Easter holiday period and workers day long weekend, Kia South Africa made six vehicles available to Bakwena to patrol the N1N4 route.

 

Kia’s involvement and the combined efforts of the various law-enforcement agencies had a direct result on the decrease in fatalities despite substantial peak-hour traffic volumes. This is Kia’s third consecutive year and parent company Motus’ 11th year of partnering with Bakwena.

 

Vehicle assistance

Various authorities utilized two Pegas models, as well as a Sonet, Sportage, Sorento and Grand Sedona, to assist Road Incident Management Services in increasing and boosting route surveillance, crash assistance and patrol support over this period.

 

Collectively, these six vehicles travelled a distance of  37817km, assisted at 59 crashes and provided support to 63 road users along the Bakwena N1N4 route. Peak-hour traffic volumes reached just under 2 500 vehicles per hour on the N1 north and approximately 2 800 vehicles per hour on the N1 south.

 

“As a local company, owned and managed by locals, Kia is proud to partner with Motus and Bakwena to ensure safer roads for all South Africans,” said Kia South Africa’s CEO, Gary Scott.

 

A decline in road accident fatalities

When delivering his Preliminary Easter report, which reported an overall decline in road accident fatalities compared to 2021, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula remarked that the success achieved this Easter will add momentum to efforts to reduce road fatalities by 25% by 2024.

 

Spokesperson for Bakwena, Solomon Kganyago, says one fatality is too many. “Efforts to improve road safety in South Africa requires the joint efforts of all stakeholders, to use our influence and the resources that we have to intensify road safety initiatives throughout the year, focusing on road safety education and awareness in an effort to strive for zero fatalities along the N1N4 route”.