Bad data: No, VW Polo drivers aren’t the worst in South Africa

2022-01-28 11:11:00 AM

The headlines vilifying one group of drivers miss the point about an important road safety report.

Bad data: No, VW Polo drivers aren’t the worst in South Africa - The headlines vilifying one group of drivers miss the point about an important road safety report.

The headlines vilifying one group of drivers miss the point about an important road safety report.

. But the data is not as reliable as you might think: many accidents aren’t recorded, information isn’t synchronised between different institutions, high profile reports on safety by transport ministers areoften preliminaryand quietly revised upwards when no one is looking, and the attribution of injuries and casualties to specific incidents is hard.

The RTMC acknowledges this. Its opening section points out that it could only gather reliable data on two thirds of incidents so any numbers it has published must be taken as a representative sample, not absolute (a fine distinction that unfortunately the media doesn’t often understand). 

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