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Cape Town cellphone law in effect

2012-07-02 07:36

Cape Town - Motorists in the city caught talking without a hands-free kit or texting on their cellphone would be fined R500 and have their phone confiscated for a day, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the new bylaw, in effect from Monday, formed part of the provincial road safety campaign to cut road deaths in half by 2014.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Cape Town was the only city where the road death toll was decreasing steadily, from 1 739 deaths in 2008 to 1 321 in 2011.

Confiscated cellphones could be collected at the Gallow Hills Traffic Department in Green Point after 24 hours. Motorists would have to show their identity books.

According to the report, phones would be sealed in a box and people given a serial number.

  • A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that drivers would be fined R5 000.

Comments
  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-07-02 07:46

    I see a lot phones that will go on special at the stall next to police station!

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-07-02 07:55

      What police station ?

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-07-02 08:17

      What phones? Where?

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-02 08:57

      No problem! R5000 fine? - SOLUTION: Fake License, R120 + Stolen Phone, R100. Get pulled over, show the fake license, get the ticket, hand over the phone, SMILE!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-07-02 10:57

      Zille is the premier of the WCape, De Lille is the mayor. This is a city rule. Who is the stupid one?

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-02 14:03

      Is it April already...?? I live in Cape Town...the sleeeepy City..And the cops here are really dozzzy, they are seriously fast asleep here. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you’re in The Mother City my brooo....nobody here to catch you.... Infact, you can break any rules you like here...what’s a traffic cop..??? The very best time to do anything in CT is at peak hour, that’s when they all vanish..

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-07-02 19:20

      @francois Possibly you? The only people who would have a problem with this are the idiots that use their cellphones while driving.

      mlucejko - 2012-07-03 09:51

      I think this is really good !! But 1 problem. There are too few cops on the roads to enforce this law !! The cops must "Get-out-there" and enforce this law!!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-03 12:06

      the cops will steal the top end phones,

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-02 07:51

    Still nothing gets done about the overloaded taxis holding on for dear life all over the city.

      bevanw - 2012-07-02 09:07

      While I do agree that taxis are a huge problem on the roads. There are already laws in place to fine/impound them. There is also the ghost squad and regular road blocks trying to implement them. The cops cannot be everywhere all the time and while not all are angels, there are the honest ones doing a good job. There are many problems on our roads, this is a great idea to discourage one more cause of deaths and accidents on our roads.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-02 10:22

      taxi drivers talk on their phones while driving too so this helps a bit!

      dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:26

      They count money while driving too!! Talk about GREED. Cant even wait to stop somewhere safe to count the money. No... its too important and must be counted right NOW!

  • Tony - 2012-07-02 07:52

    And what about the cops who talk on their phones whilst driving?

      allen.bullard.9 - 2012-07-02 08:05

      ..and the fact that they NEVER wear seat belts. It absolutely pisses me off! The law should lead by example!

      Tony - 2012-07-02 08:17

      @Allen - have you seen a vehicle with seat belts that long?

      Dave - 2012-07-02 09:11

      You both have valid arguments BUT join the force , don the gear and volunteer in your area of residence to find out first hand what it's like being a cop. I'm one and being 1.75m tall I weigh in at 80kg's and can run a 2.4km distance in 9minutes with full gear weighing just over 20kg's. I've been stabbed , shot , assaulted and verbally abused by offenders who opened criminal cases against me for doing my job - serving and protecting strangers I'll most probably never satisfy no matter what I do.....To those useless cops dragging our image through the mud - go die somewhere in a corner.....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:40

      Actually, emergency services are "allowed" to talk on their cellphones whilst driving..it's called "defense of necessity". Although they are by law not allowed to there are certain situations where they need to use their cell phones, like calling for extra backup or if they suspect criminals are listening in on their frequencies.. But generally they not allowed to use them and they have to follow the same laws as the public.

      Klippies - 2012-07-02 11:34

      @Dave - Thanks for speaking up. We appreciate you, and other cops like you. Have no doubt about that.

      Dave - 2012-07-02 14:34

      Thank you for the response - I will keep on doing my best and keep on giving my all ; )

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-03 15:59

      Dave - good on you man, thanks for being cool and sorry to hear about the chops out there.

  • damonsb - 2012-07-02 07:52

    How much for the IPAD`s ,i want three for 1000 bucks please.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-02 07:54

    Is this the major problem on our roads?? Taxi's?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-02 07:55

    So if I see a police officer using his phone while driving, can I pull him over and confiscate it?

      Dave - 2012-07-02 08:12

      No you can't because under law (Regulation 308 A (2) (d)of the National Road Traffic Act - Act 93 of 1996 - it states clearly that police and traffic police are exempt from this in THE OFFICIAL EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTIES because how do you think do they receive the complaints they need to respond to? And understand me clearly please - I'm not saying there are not some of the cops misusing and abusing this but we don't always know what exactly they are doing at a specific time.

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-02 08:23

      Thank you for the information Dave, but what happened to the good old and trusted two-way radio? Last time I checked the public lay a complain at the police station who in turn inform the officers via two-way radio.

      Dave - 2012-07-02 08:33

      Yes - we still make use of the 2way radios but in the area where I serve we have a lot of \dark spots\ where the radio's have no reception. Some officers don't even have radios and some vehicles are neither fitted with radios or they are defective. This could be because of a lack of proper planning and financial restrictions because of (stolen funds) inadequate funding and not to mention that allot of things that used to work in the good old days (like 10111) no longer does : ). Some information is also better relayed via cell phone because of the sensitivity there off. But yes - that law includes \radio communication devices\.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:42

      @Dave, this has been scrapped, cops are obliged to follow the same laws as normal people.. 1. Regulation 308A: This Regulation provides that no person shall drive a vehicle on a public road while holding a cellular or mobile telephone or any other communication device in one or both hands or with any other part of the body. 2. There is no exemption for police members. 3. The issue of the use of cell phones whilst driving by police members was canvassed some years ago, and a statutory exemption was placed in the Regulations, exempting policeman from the prohibition from using cell phones whilst driving. 4. However, due to abuse, this Regulation was repealed, with the effect that members of the S A Police Service are now in exactly the same situation as any other member of the public relating to the use of cell phones while driving. The motivation for withdrawing the exemption was that police members are equipped with other communication devices, namely the police radio, which was sufficient for purposes of communication.

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-07-02 22:29

      Dave, +1 for the work you do, brother. Unfortunately Ihave toagree with PB on this one. The exemption was repealed andnot soon enough, basedon the manner in which some members drive. 2UP in a Corsa is a sight to behold, with the passenger's @$$ forcing the gear lever into first all the time. Then the vehicle radios - these are deliberately broken with no requirement for written statement as to how: "eish - she is not wekking" is all too common I am told. Radios are NOT standard 2-way radios - they are trunking radios that have way more capabulity / capacity than the standard 2WR. The less said about - 10111 (eh ... you jus waait, ne', Oh-kaay.)**beep**-**beep**_**beep** the better.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-03 16:02

      I've got the cell number of the local police patrols - yup I think they should be exempt and answer my call while driving if I'm being burgled / attacked etc. I have a buddy who is a reservist, after hearing a few stories I have a new found respect for these guys.

  • Loyiso Ernest Damoyi - 2012-07-02 07:58

    It is the speed that kills people, the low should force the car manufacturers produces car that can run 60KM an hour only...as see where will that take us....

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-02 08:14

      So you want vehicles that can only go @60km/h? You'll get forever to get to the EC or Zimbabwe.

      originaljm - 2012-07-02 08:16

      @Loyiso - get an education mate, Germnay has no speed limits on their Autobahn highways, where vehicles can travel anywhere up to 250km per hour, with Germany having one of the lowest road death rates in the world!

      donovan.ulrich - 2012-07-02 08:24

      Please tell that to the Germans, they have unlimited sections on the Autobahn, cars can exceed 250km/h on these stretches and Their death rate on their roads is not even comparable to South Africa. Overtaking on blind rises, not paying attention to the road and your surroundings, Unroadworthy Taxi's kill people.... Speed just ensures death

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-02 08:33

      @Loyiso : I'm not a speedster, but I don't think that it is speed that kills. It's just stupidity - plain and simple. Lock up the dimwits with unroadworthy vehicles, who yak with cell-phones on their ears and drive with no consideration for anyone else and the death rate comes down. We've tried the whole speed kills thing for ages now with no result. Just read the news. It's taxis, trucks, buses and idiots who cause most of the deaths. Spend the effort on where the problem is rather than where the profit is and watch the road death numbers go down.

      Dave - 2012-07-02 08:42

      It's not the speed that kills you - it's the SUDDEN STOP : ) (against a stationary object).

      Henk - 2012-07-02 09:41

      Speed does not kill!!!! Bad driving does!

      Dave - 2012-07-02 09:47

      I think they should test the speed at which a person thinks when going for a driver license - then issue them with a corresponding speed limit ; ) because that is also a factor

      bennie.pearson.3 - 2012-07-02 11:12

      The lack of speed normally kills more people:)

      colin.wilkinson.775 - 2012-07-02 12:09

      It is inappropriate speed that is the killer; even if the speed limit at a particular place is 120k/h, if visibility is low or there are other contributing factors, then 120k/h is inappropriate. The problem is that "most" South Africans see the speed limit as the speed you "must" drive at and are unwilling to reduce their speeds. My 2c

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-03 16:04

      Go to Fishoek, all the grannies there do less than 40 - in ten minutes you'll be popping blood vessels boet!

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-02 08:01

    Now suddenly it's a bad thing... how often does it happen when a driver in front of you drives like an idiot and when you actually get a gap to pass him/her you see they're on their phone.

  • jason.children - 2012-07-02 08:03

    I think its a great Idea, I for one am sick and tired of dodging half asleep idiots male and female in the traffic who are furiously having conversations on their BBM or Whats App while in control of a 2 ton vehicle! When the Gov does nothing we complain, now they are doing something we still complain! South Africans are never happy!

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-07-02 08:03

    Concern here is now the cops will be able to extort much bigger bribes, all the while ignoring more dangerous yet less 'profitable' offences...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:43

      Then don't talk on your cell phones...

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:29

      NO you got it wrong!! It is NOT the Cops that are at fault for bribery. It is those that OFFER the bribe!!!!

  • reveng21 - 2012-07-02 08:03

    I said it before and I'll say it again, I don't feel anyone sorry for losing their pricey phone while talking or even worse texting. It's your life go ahead and risk it but to risk the lives of others especially children...

  • Linda - 2012-07-02 08:09

    Fantastic idea! I live in pain every day because my shoulder was shattered by a driver who hit my car at over 80 ks per hour - because she was talking on her cell phone and didnt see that I was stationery. Please Gauteng - do the same and not only save people from a lifetime of pain - but save lives as well. To those people who complain about taxis (which complaints are 100% valid) your logic (or lack of it) is staggering. You seem to imply that as long as taxis break the law you must be allowed to as well?! Its this kind of attitute that causes all the problems on the roads - i.e. if I'll only obey the law if everyone else does. Stop talking on your cell phones, then the cops wont be able to make easy money - and they will HAVE to start tackling the taxi drivers.

  • chikunga - 2012-07-02 08:09

    progressive government. what about a by-law that says if your are caught driving while drunk that would be R20000 fine and your car will be confiscated till the fine is paid

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:28

      Very GOOD!!!! I support THAT one!!!

  • Andrew Gay - 2012-07-02 08:20

    What about other offences like parents who let their infants stand on the front seats of cars its great to have all these laws, but after the initial blitz by Law enforcement they just fade away and are forgotten just like people not wearing seatbelts!!!

      ackwell - 2012-07-02 09:04

      It would be fun having t/officers impounding children for standing on the front seat.

      Jannie - 2012-07-02 09:16

      Parents should be arrested for strapping in their young ones.

  • ivan.lockett.5 - 2012-07-02 08:21

    Lets all be honest. This is a tremendous step forward. Now we need to ban hands free phones as well. You cant have an important conversation and drive at the same time.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-02 08:26

    Very good. Much better than having cops just speed trapping everywhere. Wish the rest of the country would take note. It's sensible law enforcing like this that can bring down the number of road fatalities. But for most, they will continue with the camera's and leave the unroadworthy vehicles and idiots on their phones to continue the carnage - simply because there is no money in proper honest police work, but tons of revenue from some poor guy cruising in the early hours of the morning with no other car in sight.

  • garethla - 2012-07-02 08:26

    i can imagine the logistical nightmare of trying to get your phone back the next day hehe "no sir you did not have an iPhone, here is the nokia 6210 we have registered to you"

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-02 09:37

      ha, ha, ha!!! Sometimes I think the 6210 will be a better "call:,.... these days. ;)

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-02 08:34

    Confiscate cell phones? The authorities are going to pick up problems. How are they going to guarantee that private information are not stolen from the phones?

      Dee - 2012-07-02 12:30

      You remove the sim card ...........?

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:13

      Don`t talk on your cell phone and they won`t need to take your phone. It is your own fault if you do something so stupid that they have to take your phone. And also why put them into a position to actually have your private data in their possession. if you are wrong they YOU are responsible for the fact that your private info may become public knowledge.

  • Philip Mostert - 2012-07-02 08:36

    Bad idea taking somebody's phone, what if there is an emergency and somebody cant get hold of you! The logistics behind getting the phone back will also be a stuff up!

      Erna - 2012-07-02 09:22

      Agree but if adults insist on behaving like children, they get treated like children! If you don't want your phone confiscated, don't use it while driving. The world won't end because you are not available.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-02 09:41

      Plain and simple. Get a car kit or just stop drive and talk. Problem solved. If I, as a businessman that uses my cell as my strongest medium to do business through, can do it others can too.

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:14

      No Philip the bad idea is YOU TALKING on your phone ....

  • deon.kotze.73 - 2012-07-02 08:44

    The fine is R500 and not R5000!

      IcemanGP - 2012-07-02 11:20

      It should be R5000, might make retards think twice next time, and if you wanna pay bribe, then that must be R4500.

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:15

      The fine should be R10 000

  • holden.gardnercaulfield - 2012-07-02 08:44

    I shave in my car on my way to work - usually in the heavy morning traffic on Edinburgh Drive. Do I risk having my Philishave confiscated?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:44

      Actually you should be shot... Manage your time better or shave when you get to work.

      dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:36

      Agreed with PointBlank. You are just as bad as the stereotypical women who do their make up in the car. Do us a favor, will you? Get up10 minutes earlier and shave before you go to work. You'll endanger a lot less lives. No matter how good you think you are at it, there is no substitute for 100% focus and concentration on the road

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 22:01

      YOU should be fined R20 OOO because you are selfish and lazy. If you got up 10 minutes mo9re early you will maybe in a position to drive more safe. But then again...

  • Jo - 2012-07-02 08:46

    Once!

  • paul.john.790256 - 2012-07-02 08:47

    We are becoming like Singapore, without the financial success.lol. My feeling is that ordinary citizens should have a say when it comes to these bylaws. Where does it end? Next they are going to say that car windows are not allowed to be tinted because then they can't see if you are on the phone or not. It is ridiculous.

      Dave - 2012-07-02 08:59

      There is a law already against illegal tinting. 35% and 70% clarity. The reason for that being some windows tinted too dark does not allow safe driving conditions at night. Also - if a cop stops a vehicle he needs to see inside what the passengers and driver are doing in order to approach it safely. If I stop a suspicious or wanted vehicle and can't see inside I become very , very , very nervous.....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:45

      @paul, no the fact that you seem to want to do what you want is ridiculous..

      allison.steedman - 2012-07-02 18:30

      You are ridiculous Paul.john. Crack down on the "small crimes" and you will eliminate the bigger crimes. I only wish we could be like Singapore. There you get fined for spitting out you gum in public - what a pleasure it would be to have a clean and crime free environment! If people don't want the hassle of having to be without their phones and having to fetch them from a designated point simple solution - don't use your phone while driving! Well done Cape Town.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-02 08:49

    Simple solution, keep a calculator close by. When stopped for texting , insist you where working out fuel consumption on the calculator. It's not illegal to use a calculator while driving. Do not show the police your phone , incase you go to court, as you can ask him what make of phone it was. To add credibility to your story.

      Dave - 2012-07-02 08:54

      Great plan to fool the cops BUT you can't fool the PUTCO BUS crashing into you. Laws are not there to impress or please the cops enforcing them - they are there to protect ourselves. Think a cop cares if you lie dead on the side of the road because of your own stupidity - nope - just another docket to file.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-02 09:08

      Correct Dave. Forgot to mention. Make sure your car has airbags and wear your seatbelt.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:46

      Airbags are pointless if you not wearing your seatbelts..

      Charms - 2012-07-02 10:14

      Gregory...why rant and rave about something that might save just a persons life, might even be yours, will you blame the calculater when someone else brings up this excuse after just causing maybe a family member of your's life! Please grow up!

      dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:39

      @GregJurgens..While clever and ingenious, this does not work in reality. Your comment is childish and encourages more of the poor behaviour, rather than encouraging against it. Moron.

      Dee - 2012-07-02 12:39

      Why not apply your 'calculating' mind to being a self-policing responsible citizen. I trust you are not a parent - teaching your kids about cheating ahead of responsibility and accountability?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-02 08:54

    Understand all the points and mixed emotions on this issue, but I for one am tired of avoiding accidents because other drivers are talking on their darn phones. They swerve all over the road, drive at 30km/h instead of 60km/h, stop at green lights, cross lanes without warning. Sorry, bit I support this. At the cost of hands free kits, there is no excuse.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-02 09:43

      Amen!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:49

      On Friday I watched a car just go through an intersection T-boning a car because the driver was yakking away on his cell phone he didn't realise he was going through a red traffic light. Then has the cheek to hurl profanity at the car and driver he just smashed into - that was until we pointed out he went through a red light. The "funny" thing was he was still talking on his cell phone and us at the same time!!! "Er, hold on a sec I've been involved in a crash....ja, no ... ja ja just hold on..." WTF???

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:16

      Ifor one suppurt you and the law in this. Pity the fine is so small.

  • eddie.brunette - 2012-07-02 08:57

    Thanks for the warning. I'll make sure not use my phone's calculator anymore ....it might look if I'm sending a text message. Now I'll just use my calculator while driving........

      Jannie - 2012-07-02 09:19

      are we allowed to operate a mp3 player whilst driving? if not then why are we allowed to tune the radio, or the aircon,?

      dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:42

      @JannieSWem. These things (tubning the car radio etc) do not take as much time and intellectual investment as talkin on the phone. When you talk on the phone you are emotionally invested in the conversation for minutes on end. Tuning the radio takes a split second. Im sure anyone here will thumbs up me when i say that flapping your gums on the phone is far more dangerous than changing the radio station...

  • reratiloem - 2012-07-02 09:16

    As exciting as the passing of the law is,it will be a nightmare to getting the phones back. We will hear about of false serial numbers,wrong phones issued back and phones used while owners are away. So back to the drawing board Cape Town.

      Erna - 2012-07-02 09:25

      Only one way around that and no 'drawing board' needed - don't talk on your cell phone while driving.

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-07-02 09:27

    Does this count for police too because the poeple I see on their phones while driving the most are the SAPS.

      Charms - 2012-07-02 10:19

      Well, like the Micheal Jackson song..."Start with the man (or women) in the mirror" then worry about the others..I find that sometimes, no, actually most of the time, adults act like children..."if they dont do this or that, neither will I...bla,bla, bla...lead by example and maybe others will follow!!!

  • Jt - 2012-07-02 09:32

    bout time

  • Erna - 2012-07-02 09:33

    I'm all for it. If you don't want your phone confiscated don't use it while driving or use a hands free kit. People have the most expensive phones and gadgets but no hands free kit!

  • sandilehnyawo - 2012-07-02 09:36

    No comment

  • richard.northgrave - 2012-07-02 09:52

    good

  • Steynje - 2012-07-02 10:10

    I would just like to highlight the last paragraph for a moment: "According to the report, phones would be sealed in a box and people given a serial number." It should actually read: "According to the report, phones would be sealed in a box and people given a serial number. AND IT WILL BE LOST IN THE PROCESS."

      ericvb - 2012-07-02 15:40

      You risk other people's lives - you deserve to lose your phone!

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:18

      As far as I`m concerned they should SMASH your phone.... why take responsibility if your to stupid to take responsibility????

  • cookiefb - 2012-07-02 10:40

    So that means that when im looking for a number to dial on my "Hands free car kit" i am breaking the law ! I just see i new opportunity opening for cops to pull me over and ask for a bribe because i was just answering a call on my hands free kit. Sad day it is for Cape Town !

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 10:53

      No it doesn't. You just created your own little drama there...

      ericvb - 2012-07-02 15:41

      oh please, that's patheric

      ericvb - 2012-07-02 15:41

      pathetic even

      John - 2012-07-02 23:06

      Read the CONSTITUTION. Depriving you of your PROPERTY is ROBBERY. You are right about the cops who areTHUGS. Still, pay attention to the other road users. Maintain full control. Do not be NEGLIGENT or INCONSIDERATE. F the cops.

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:19

      The cops are not the ones at fault for bribery. it is the BRIBERS that are at fault!!!!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-07-02 11:16

    I cycle, and I see stoopid idiots that drive fancy cars, too poor to afford a hands free. Bring it to Joburg as well. Bunch of idiotic retards.

  • mlungukalo.brakes - 2012-07-02 12:15

    Why all the fuss? It is ILLEGAL to use your mobile whilst driving! OBEY THE BLOODY LAW!!!

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-07-02 19:32

      Exactly! These same people moaning about how stupid this law is probably have the nerve to moan about the high crime rate too.

  • santivz - 2012-07-02 12:15

    About time... I hope they can police this properly. If you are the one complaining about this new bylaw then you are stupid and probably an offender. So for the love of people, don't use your phone whilst driving as you could just be the one that kills someone's mom, dad, wife, husband or god forbid their child... how would you feel about living with that burden for the rest of your life? Also, don't make excuses that policemen are the worst offenders cos frankly no-one cares, stop blame shifting... and parents, for the love of god, BUCKLE UP YOUR CHILDREN SO THAT THE MORON ON HIS PHONE DON'T KILL YOUR CHILD....

      John - 2012-07-02 22:41

      The by law is stupid. Offenders should be charged with negligent or inconsiderate driving. No one has the right to deprive you of your property. That is the CRIME of ROBBERY. Anyone driving while using a fine is NOT paying attention to the immediate environment and is inconsiderate, negligent, dangerous and cnsequently STUPID. I object to any LAW that limits or derogates my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. The cops are thug enough without giving them any LEEWAY.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-02 12:24

    What a pity. This will take a lot of fun out of driving. Last week I was on the NI heading into CT. This lady driver was chatting on her phone and decided she wants the piece of road I was on at the time. I did some serious maneuvring and let her through. No scratches or bumps. Then I pulled up next to her. She didn't even know what happened. It was not her fault that there wasn't a serious prang.

  • dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:29

    ive often been behind some slow car in a single lane...and i start to get impatient... and then my wife tells me to calm down, maybe the person is old or maybe the car cant go faster... or maybe... blah blah.... then when it becomes two lanes i pass and look...and what do i see? FLAPPING LIPS ON A CELLPHONE!!!!! Thanks for wasting my time because YOU cannot drive any faster than 20kph and talk at the same time. DUMB SH*TS. Get off the road if u wanna flap your gums!

      dean.heylen - 2012-07-02 12:30

      ..and now everyone behind me must all wait becoz one person is hogging the damn lane. Amazing how one person can inconvenience hundreds

  • ianmarvin - 2012-07-02 12:51

    can you take your sim card out

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-03 08:33

      Yes, you are expected to remove it when your phone is confiscated

  • sean.murphy.165 - 2012-07-02 12:52

    There are already adequate laws to deal with this issue. The problem is that they are not enforced regularly so the problem continues. Making a new law will not solve the problem.

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-07-02 15:05

    Its a gud bylaw,maybe it should b a nationwide thing....

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-07-02 15:06

    Its a gud bylaw,maybe it should b a nationwide thing....

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-07-02 15:06

    Just hope this apply to the police and politicians also

  • ericvb - 2012-07-02 15:42

    I think the fine should be R5000 and your phone is taken away permanently and donated to charity!!

  • hsurujbally - 2012-07-02 16:20

    Why is the phone confiscated? Sounds like we are being treated like little school kids. If the phone that is taken away is USED by the some cop, who pays the bill for that? Will they deliver the phone to you the next day? If the phone is damaged will the SAPS replace the handset? I do not mind paying the fine for my crime or even doing the time, but the phone is my property & I want to be assured that my phone is SAFE and that my personal details on the phone are kept SECURE and that my phone is NOT USED. What if the phone is somehow "lost". Obviously some bright spark did not think about all of this!

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-07-02 19:34

      Simple solution - don't break the law by talking on your cellphone, but since you seem intent on doing it anyway, they will allow you to remove your simcard before confiscating the phone.

      sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-02 23:25

      Why place the blame with others if YOU are wrong. As far as I`m concerned the fine is too light and should be R10 000 for 1st offence. Don`t use your cvell phoine whilest driving. What don`t you understand?

  • mbekezeli.mhlanga - 2012-07-02 16:22

    Does this law ony apply to Capetonians only? Or The rest of the country?

      tshandazenzile - 2012-07-02 22:10

      \Cape town cellphone law in effect\.....!

  • santa.bakoven - 2012-07-02 17:15

    Whatever you say about phones confiscated, police not trusted, which police station, bribes, corruption and plenty more..............the motto and end result. A rule is in place and should be adhere too....................DONT USE YOUR CELLPHONE

  • weldon.broughton - 2012-07-02 17:23

    Where are the traffic cops coming from to police this. I havent seen one in months.

  • weldon.broughton - 2012-07-02 17:27

    The worst offenders are mothers driving cars which actually come out with abuilt in hands free kit