21 000 vehicles stopped in Gauteng blitz

2011-09-04 17:42

Johannesburg - Over 21 000 vehicles were stopped and checked by police over the weekend as part of the transport department's national rolling enforcement plan, aimed at promoting safety on South African roads, said a department spokesperson on Sunday.

Transport ministry spokesperson Logan Maistry said police officers were out in "full force" following Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele's instruction last week that "every bus and taxi on South Africa's roads must be stopped and checked".

Maistry said that as part of the NREP, September would be dedicated to public transport enforcement.

"The safety of commuters is paramount and all public transport vehicles will be monitored closely by transport authorities," he said.

At least 76 people were killed in August in eight separate crashes involving public transport vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Free State and the Western and Eastern Capes, he said.

From October 2010, the NREP programme has seen almost 12 million vehicles and drivers checked by traffic officials, and almost 5 million fines issued for various traffic offences.

Nearly 18 000 drunk drivers were arrested and 46 843 unroadworthy vehicles were discontinued from use in the same period.

- SAPA
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