Roadhogs, your number is up

2008-07-25 00:00

Speedsters and roadhogs can now be reported by fellow motorists on the Arrive Alive website.

When Arrive Alive receives such a complaint, a warning letter is sent to the owner of the vehicle concerned.

After three warning letters, a motorist can be criminally charged.

According to Ranthoko Rakgoale, CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the letter informs the owner of the reported vehicle of the allegations against him.

The letter suggests to the owner that he improve his behaviour on the road if he was the driver at the time. If someone else was driving, the owner is asked to bring the allegations to the driver’s attention.

Owners are also offered the option of sending a statement to the RTMC if they believe the allegations to be unfounded.

The statement is then filed on a database with the original complaint.

Rakgoale says that people whose names appear on the database for a third time could be charged with a criminal offence if there are witnesses who are prepared to testify against them.

Transport Department spokesman Collen Msibi says someone who reports bad driving should provide personal details and an address to ensure that accusations are not the result of personal vendettas.

He says regular complaints include ignoring red robots, speeding and unsafe overtaking.

A significant number of complaints have been received about buses, taxis and trucks. Drivers of buses and trucks pay particular attention when they receive letters, says Msibi.

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