A magic button has been installed in many South African vehicles. If you have not discovered it yet, I suggest that you conduct a diligent search of your instrument panel without delay.
As thousands of delighted South African road users have already discovered, pressing this button has the apparent effect of immediately suspending the operation of a whole host of irritating traffic laws.
You can park on yellow lines. You can stop in the middle of a busy road to drop people off or to pick someone up, without having to concern yourself about obstructing traffic. You can do U-Turns in the busiest of roads. You can travel aimlessly at slow speed while you look for parking. You can even reverse down National roads. Regrettably, I must warn that the effectiveness of the button to undermine speed limits is untested at this stage.
To help you to locate it, look out for an orange or red triangle on your dashboard. To make the search interesting, the button unfortunately comes in various shapes and sizes. As an added challenge, the button is located in different locations depending on the model of your vehicle.
Find it. Press it. And then, Viola, you may do as you please as you celebrate the suspension of the applicability of traffic laws to your vehicle with gay abandon. Unfortunately not everyone is aware of this new technology and many more have yet to master the use of this amazing invention.
Until they do, we who possess it (the HAZ’s) will no doubt feel obliged to ignore the hoots and the gesticulations of the unfortunates (the HAZ nots) who remain obligated to obey traffic laws.