As a result of falling attendance at monthly presentations over the past year or so, the committee of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Johannesburg centre has taken the decision to suspend regular monthly general meetings until further notice. At the last meeting, there were only 12 people present, of which only four were full IRTE members. The rest of the room was filled with unoccupied chairs. Is this the end of the IRTE in South Africa?
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Is this the end of the IRTE in South Africa?

As a result of falling attendance at monthly presentations over the past year or so, the committee of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Johannesburg centre has taken the decision to suspend regular monthly general meetings until further notice.

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FleetwatchAugust 22, 2017 at 9:09am
August 21st: Four people were left injured this afternoon when a truck rear-ended a light motor vehicle which in turn rear-ended three others at the Pretoria and Vlei Road intersection in Kempton Park. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found all four vehicles in the middle of the intersection. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that four had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported. The patients were treated for their injuries and transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities will be investigating further.
FleetwatchAugust 17, 2017 at 11:08pm
August 17th: Stronger international fuel prices and a gradually weakening Rand are signalling a hefty jump in the price of all fuel types at the end of August. This is the view of the Automobile Association, commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). "The Rand has weakened an average of 20 cents against the US dollar since the start of August," the Association says. "Meanwhile, international fuel product prices have remained on the higher plateau they reached towards the end of July. This means all fuel types are likely to experience substantial price increases at month end." Given this, the AA’s mid-month fuel outlook prediction is that diesel is expected to climb by a hefty 57 cents a litre and petrol by 63 cents a litre. Illuminating paraffin in expected to increase by 58 cents a litre. "The Rand's trend over the past two weeks has been towards further weakness against the US dollar and international fuel prices have traded in a fairly narrow band, meaning we do not expect the picture to improve by month-end. Fuel users should definitely expect to pay more for fuel from the start of September,” the AA says.
FleetwatchAugust 17, 2017 at 5:34am
Just got word that the N3 is not a great route to be on tonight. A section of the road between Villiers and Warden has been closed due to a veld fire affecting visibility badly. Three crashes have already occured with unfortunately two fatalities. A possibility of snow is also predicted for tomorrow morning between Mooi River and Harrismith so truckers please prepare for cold weather and possible delays along the route. Please be patient and drive safety
FleetwatchAugust 17, 2017 at 4:41am
Check this idiot. Probably bought his license. And well done to the motorists who hemmed him in when he was trying to gap it.
FleetwatchAugust 15, 2017 at 7:10pm
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