While BMW drivers are often at the centre of discussion on social media for “owning the road”, it’s the Volkswagen Polo that’s now in the spotlight.
A recent study issued by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has called out all VW Polo drivers, who have been described as “the worst” on South African roads.
The incident regarding the woman who drove a brand-new VW Polo through a showroom window in Durban doesn’t help the situation either, as her driving abilities were questioned on the web.
According to the study, the beloved VW Polo contributes to the largest fatal crashes in South Africa, followed by the Toyota Hilux and Toyota Quantum. These vehicle models also account for the highest number speed infringement fines issued.
A baseline study titled South African Fatal Crashes in Context analysed fatal crash data from 1 October 2017 to 30 June 2021 – a period of 3.8 years. It also analysed Aarto speed infringement data from 1 January 2019 to 20 June 2021 – a period of 2.5 years.
The data on the RTMC’s national crash data management system shows a total of 48 330 vehicles were involved in 37 583 fatal crashes with 45 232 deaths during the period.
“An analysis of the top 20 vehicle models involved in fatal crashes showed that the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Quantum were involved in 43.2% of fatal crashes.
“The Volkswagen Polo came out on top, with a contribution of 16.7% of all fatal crashes, confirming what many South Africans have long suspected. It was followed closely by the Toyota Hilux which was involved in 14.2% of fatal crashes and the Toyota Quantum with a recorded 12.2% involvement in fatal crashes,” the study reveals.
The study also found that VW Polo and Toyota Quantum vehicles aged between 5-10 years were involved in most fatal crashes when ranked by the grouping of vehicle make, model and age.