How to report bad driving
July 10, 2019
South African roads are amongst the most dangerous in the world. Almost 135,000 people have died in vehicle crashes in South Africa over the past decade; 90% of which are due to bad driving. Bad drivers often skip robots, brake harshly, exceed speed limits and overtake barrier lines.
Bad drivers sometimes get away with murder – literally and figuratively speaking – and frustrate other road users. This frustration often leads to road rage, swearing and an urge to report the Evel Knievels to the men in blue.
Ready to report a bad driver?
Good! If you spot a driver misbehaving, drinking and driving or breaking the road rules and putting the lives of other road users in danger, it’s your responsibility to report them.
How to report bad driving:
- Get in touch with the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC)
The National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) was established by Arrive Alive for drivers and pedestrians to report irresponsible driving.
Before you report Speedy Gonzales, make sure that you have the answers to the following questions:
- Where did the incident/offence happen?
- When did it happen? (date and time)
- What’s the registration number and make of the vehicle in question?
- What happened and what rules did the driver break?
Once you have ALL the information, follow these 3 easy steps:
- Visit Arrive Alive’s website;
- Go to “Traffic Reports” on the top bar of the webpage and click on “Report Bad Driving”; and
- Complete the details of the incident in the fields provided.
After you’ve completed these steps, the National Traffic Call Centre will get in touch with you for further investigation.
- Name And Shame
If you want to vent your frustrations with other drivers and road users, you can visit the Name And Shame website. The site supports Arrive Alive and Lead SA with their journey to improve the safety of South African road users.
How to Name And Shame:
- Visit the Name And Shame website;
- Register your vehicle and log in; and
- Complete the details to have the culprit featured on the Wall of Shame.
Please note: Naming and shaming might help you vent your frustrations, but it’s not the best way to report bad driving. Sure, it alerts other road users of dangerous drivers, but it doesn’t solve the problem or improve road safety.
If you genuinely want to make a difference and contribute to road safety, report bad driving to Arrive Alive and get in touch with the National Traffic Call Centre. If you don’t report lousy driving, you have no right to complain. Take the wheel into your own hands and drive South Africa to a safer destination. Together, we can put brakes on bad driving!
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