Ongwediva — Trent Tyre in conjunction with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (MVA) and the police are running a campaign to have the tyres of all vehicles passing through roadblocks tested for both roadworthiness and tyre pressure.
Last Thursday, Christie Steenkamp, the manager of Trent Tyre's Oshakati branch handed over one of the air pressure gauge test devices to Oshana Police Regional Commander, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa.
The device is one of several others that will be rolled out with road safety pamphlets to road blocks countrywide. "Tyre pressure is very important, most accidents happen because of burst tyres. Not long ago there was a big accident that was caused by a tyre burst, outside Okahandja," he said.
According to Steenkamp, the aim of equipping road blocks with air pressure gauge test devices is not to test all vehicles passing through the roadblock, but to test suspicious vehicles. Apart from the Ongwediva roadblock, other roadblocks that benefit from the campaign include Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Gobabis and Swakopmund, among others.
Meanwhile, Trent Tyre has taken a step further in promoting road safety, by offering free wheel testing at their branches countrywide. The test includes checking wheel balancing, wheel alignment and tyre air pressure, among others.
Steenkamp said motorists that take their cars for testing will be entered in a draw, in which tyres worth N$5 000 can be won.
Kashihakumwa applauded Trent Tyre for the initiative, promising that the device will be put to good use and it will be kept intact in order to ensure that it carries out the functions it is meant for.