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State of Road Safety Report January – December 2017


Of the Report

This report is aimed at achieving the following objectives:

  • To provide road traffic fatal crashes and fatalities statistics based on the Culpable Homicide Crash: Observation Report (CHoCOR) Forms; and
  • To present statistics on registered vehicles, un-roadworthy vehicles, un-licenced vehicles, driving licence and professional driving permits issued.
  • To present Road Safety programmes and Law Enforcement operations executed during the period under review.



The report seeks to provide the road crash statistics, law enforcement and road safety programme information. The performance is for the period between January – December 2017. The performance per each focus areas has been provided below

Road Crashes Data

A total number of 14 050 fatalities were recorded for the period January – December 2017. That resulted in a decrease of 0.1% from 2016. The most affected road users were pedestrians and passengers.

A total number of one-hundred and forty-five (145) major crashes were reported and investigated during this period under review. Approximately eight-hundred and thirty-eight (838) people were killed and eight-hundred and five (805) people sustained injuries as a result of the major crashes.

Vehicle and driver population

The number of registered vehicles increased by 240 878 (2.01 %) from 11 964 234 on 31 December 2016 to 12 205 112 vehicles on 31 December 2017. On a national basis the total number of vehicles that are either un-roadworthy, un­licenced or both increased by 29 174 (2.82%) from 1 035 449 vehicles as on 31 December 2016 to 1 064 623 vehicles on 31 December 2017.

The number of learner driving licences issued decreased by 48 557 (3.85%) from 1 262 261 on 31 December 2016 to 1 213 704 on 31 December 2017. The number of driving licences issued increased by 495 322 (4.07%) from 12 162 813 on 31 December 2016 to 12 658 135 as of 31 December 2017.

Law Enforcement and Road Safety performance

Road Safety unit conducted the following activities during the period under review (quarter 3). In relation to Youth program the conducted driver education workshop with young drivers from 9 provinces.

Furthermore, the unit monitored the implementation of Community based structure which are aimed at addressing contributory factors to hazardous locations within identified communities.

Over and above the unit coordinated the implementation of the driver awareness with interest group more especially the Freight industry which was identified as a priority during quarter 3.

A total number of vehicles stopped for 2016 were 2 159 833 compared to 2 914 906 in 2017 with an an icrease of 26%.

Out of a total of vehicles stopped, a total of 506 405 and 912 985 traffic notices were issued in the same period during 2016/17 and 2017 /18.

Over and above notices issued, arrests were made following the severity of offences, total of 42 044 and 52 088 arrests were reported during the period under review in 2016 and 2017 calendar year. These arrests and offences issued were as a result of joint operations conducted between provincial authorities, SAPS and all other stakeholders involved in the operations of law enforcement. 

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