KwaZulu-Natal Freight Databank

This Data Bank provides one with information about authorities within the province, industries, air freight, ports, cross border, rail and roads sectors in the KZN. The statistics will provide you with detailed information about the movements of freight in the province.  (Last Updated : 2013)

Accident Statistics

Statistics for KwaZulu-Natal

In June 2011 the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) published the Annual Report 2010/2011 which provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of road traffic incidents. Other sources of information are AA SA, RAF, Statistics SA and CSIR.

It is estimated that there are 13,800 fatalities nationally per annum and the cost of these road accidents to individuals, commerce, communities and the country is in the region of R158 billion. Every day up to 42 lives are lost on the road network and approximately 17 of these are pedestrians.

In KwaZulu-Natal 2247 fatal vehicle crashes resulted in 2741 fatalities of which 658 were drivers, 922 passengers and 1161 pedestrians. Nationally pedestrians account for more than 35% of fatalities. Approximately 150 people are seriously injured on our roads daily. Approximately 82% of accidents are attributed to the human factor, namely pedestrian and driver negligence, speed and fatigue. The result is a huge cost, both financially and in human suffering.

In 2011, 1,317,363 vehicles were registered in KwaZulu-Natal, excluding light and heavy trailers, caravans and unknown vehicles, which together totalled of 86,090. Trucks exceeding 3,500 tons GVM stood at 48,836, in comparison to the 54,350 in 2010, a decrease of 10.2%.

Research has identified that in the period 1990 – 2011 the motorised vehicle fleet in South Africa has doubled and the number of road fatalities increased by 25%.

According to the RTMC the majority of accidents occur as a result of human error. Major contributory factors are alcohol, non-adherence to traffic rules, exceeding speed limits, reckless, negligent and inconsiderate driving.

Vehicle factors such as defective lights, non-compliant and damaged tyres and sub-standard brakes contribute to approximately 7% of all accidents.



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