KZN steps up blitz on vehicles

2010-10-18 00:00

MORE than 50 000 vehicles have been checked in KwaZulu-Natal since the launch of a campaign launched by the Transport Department just over two weeks ago.

This figure represents 10% of the total of the vehicles that have been checked nationally, and Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has praised the initiative’s success.

Known as the National Rolling Traffic Law Enforcement Plan (NREP), the drive is part of the department’s “Make Roads Safe” campaign, which resolves that each month a million vehicles will be stopped and checked nationwide in a bid to ensure road safety.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said KwaZulu-Natal has been given a monthly target of 177 000 vehicles to check and the province is well on its way to fulfilling that goal.

“We have to make sure that vehicles are roadworthy and we are intensifying our campaign to make sure that we reach our target,” he said.

Ndebele said road users who break the law should be worried because they are the one who are being targeted.

He urged all road users across the country to comply with regulations so that road carnage can become a thing of the past.

“A country that has safer roads is a country that has safer provinces, safer districts and safer local municipalities. A country’s roads are safe when every citizen is safe on our roads ... Let this wave for road safety become a river throughout our country and be embraced by all,” he said.

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