Dear Donald “Duck” Grant, our newly appointed minister of transport and public works.
I just had time to read the report on “sky-high new traffic fines” and thought to myself, what the quack is he thinking?
Honestly, this proposal seems to have been born from a bad lunch rather than a brilliant idea and after reading the various angry responses from other readers, I am convinced that you have lost the plot and the fight all together. Hopefully this brilliant proposal is not another secret SANRAL deal.
Two years ago some other brilliant individual called JP Smith came with a similar announcement that “get caught like this in Cape Town and you will have to do without your cellphone for 24 hours, as well as pay a hefty fine and what was the result of this – NOTHING!
This plan could not be enforced, for obvious reasons, and was in fact absurd. I wonder if you prepared yourself to lose face over this new piece of brilliance.
The problem with the entire idea is that you are not going to the source of the problem.
Why not start to close down the driving schools that are selling “pay as you go licenses” to every Tom, Dick ( no pun intended ) and Harry?
Employ sufficient number of educated officials and pay them sufficient salaries, which will hopefully stop them from accepting bribes, a practice which is very much alive and well.
Train them properly and teach them the responsibilities that come with this power.
Have officials that, not only enforce these laws, but also understand the laws and carry out their duties and be respected by members of the public ( which is definitely not the case )
I dare you to get out of your comfy office chair and get into the streets. I am living in Greenpoint and have been complaining to local authorities about various incidents, like the street racing up and down Main Road which have left many cars damaged and some completely written off, lives lost, the inconsiderate drivers parking illegally in front of the hell hole Giovannis, causing major traffic disruptions.
I could not help but laugh at the sign placed in front of my house which reads “permit holders only” – what are these city officials smoking and where is my permit?
When I am parked in on event days or during the Argus or by residents of a guest house adjacent to my property, with inadequate parking, and have no way out of my own home, I receive no assistance from the local traffic department. I have risk heart failure trying to speak to the skilled telephone operators in an attempt to get assistance. You have to try that yourself someday, it is thoroughly entertaining…..
The list of fines increasing is even more laughable than our President’s attempt on reading numbers, like – increasing a fine on an unroadworthy bus or minibus. Do you really think that these fines will actually be paid ? If no money is spent on the maintenance and repairs of the vehicle, why would the money be spent on a fine ?.. or wait… inconsiderate driving … this will be a direct result in the closure of the N2 in the morning and the City of Cape Town will, within the first two months, build an entire new highway with the money raised. Look at the carnage on the roads during holiday periods. If the death toll is still of no significance to you, find another job!
So, since you are unable to effectively and meticulously enforce the traffic laws, don’t you think its time to spend time on finding ways how to deal with the lawlessness on our roads as your idea sounds something like “ this building is collapsing, let’s paint it ! “