As MIWA members, it is frustrating to imagine that illegal operators are conducting roadside vehicle repairs.
The actions of these operators impact us on so many levels – for a start, they are in direct contravention of municipal bylaws. They also compromise the integrity of the automotive aftermarket industry as a whole, while causing damage to the environment through the use of dangerous, noxious and flammable substances. Most alarming of all, however, is that illegal repairs take place without regulatory compliance, often with the use of unskilled labour and compromised parts – all adding to repairs which are far from safe and pose a risk to drivers, passengers and other road users.
RMI is therefore entirely supportive of the action taken by JMPD earlier this month to stop illegal roadside repairs. The association also showed its disapproval of illegal repairs by attending a National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRSC) destruction ceremony, where R80 million of automotive friction material (including brake pads and brake linings) was destroyed.
As a further move to protect the industry from illegal operators, RMI supports the National African Association of Automobile Service Providers (NAAASP)’s special project to uplift informal motor businesses. This initiative seeks to foster transformation in the industry by mentoring small, black-owned information businesses serving the automotive repair and maintenance aftermarket.
Finally, it is preparing to launch a Whistle Blower Hotline, enabling individuals to report instances of illicit trading.
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The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said it had observed an increase in people repairing or washing cars on roads and pavements, and warned that this contravened bylaws.
Photo credit: JMPD
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