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RTMC wants tougher transport laws

2011-08-23 20:28

Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) called for tougher measures against the public passenger transport industry on Tuesday.

"It is almost a common feature of, particularly weekends and after-hours travel that buses and/or minibuses are involved in fatal crashes around the country," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail in a statement.

"The recent death of nine passengers in a horror crash on the N3 has again brought into sharp focus the lack of 'safety morals' in the public passenger transport industry."

Ismail said the RTMC wanted legislation to be amended to "deal harshly with drivers, operators and passengers who flout the law and endanger the lives of road users".

The RTMC was considering amending legislation to allow the operator cards of an entire fleet to be suspended if one driver or operator was found to be flouting laws.

The RTMC appealed to the National Prosecuting Authority to charge drivers and operators with murder if reckless or negligent driving caused deaths.

The corporation also proposed to name and shame habitual offenders.

"In spite of increased enforcement focusing on public transport vehicles, it is clear that many unscrupulous operators and drivers will risk the lives of vulnerable passengers in order to make a fast buck.

"This reckless and negligent attitude must stop," acting RTMC CEO Collins Letsoalo said in the statement.

Comments
  • The_Realist - 2011-08-23 20:48

    the texie mafia will be exempt of these laws as they are of the toll charges...

      tryanything - 2011-08-23 21:04

      Ashref is wasting his time with such talk...All that needs to happen is that the laws we already have need to be enforced properly.................no good having harsh laws if you cannot enforce them...

      tryanything - 2011-08-23 21:04

      Ashref is wasting his time with such talk...All that needs to happen is that the laws we already have need to be enforced properly.................no good having harsh laws if you cannot enforce them...

      Netherlands - 2011-08-24 06:29

      "...........wanted legislation to be amended to "deal harshly with drivers, operators and passengers who flout the law and endanger the lives of road users"....." WTF has the PASSENGER got to do with the "flouting of the laws"???? FORCE EVERY TAXI THRU A M.O.T TWICE a year!!!!! FORCE EVERY TAXI DRIVER thru a PROFICIENCY TEST, TWICE A YEAR!!! SIMPLE!

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-08-24 09:52

      Netherlands: This morning on the way to work, a taxi cut me off, with the entire load of passengers laughing as it was a big joke to hear squeeling tyres, as the driver had to race to get in front of me - i agree 100% with the passengers being prosecuted, as if they want to encourage the drivers to drive like complete idiots, then make them responsible too for the consequences, and you'll see how quickly the passegers will speak out at the driver of that taxi - this will also be a NICE cash cow for the Metro Police, as they can issue 16 tickets to one taxi for the drivers mistake - if that doesn't reign in the taxi drivers, well then i don't know what will. Most of these passegers have the attitude that if there's an accident, they claim it from RAF, and probably try sue you too for them allowing the taxi drivers to be the idiots that they are, if they can be prosecuted, it won't be so funny anymore. i wonder if you'd be able to sue them in the event of an accident caused by the taxi driver...

  • Tekwini Durban - 2011-08-23 21:07

    until these public transport vehicles are ALL governed to 100 km/h maximum speed with NO means of ANY override capabilities, AND with constant headlights ON functionality to improve their visibility to other road users - the death toll on our roads will remain one of the highest in the world!

  • Schmortlet - 2011-08-23 22:06

    If we could rely on the effectiveness of the traffic authorities then it needs to be made a legal requirement that all vehicles with a GVM exceeding, say, 3 tons must have a tachograph fitted. Traffic police should be able to stop vehicles and check that the driver has had a 20 minute break after every 2 hours driving and that he doesn't exceed 8 hours driving without at least a 2 hour break. Break that law and impound the vehicle for 24 hours. A repeat offence within 3 months means a minimum fine of R100,000 for the truck operator or owner and R5,000 for the driver.

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-23 22:42

    90 percent of these taxis are not in roadworthy condition,the test centres are corrupt and untill that changes there will continue to be carnage on our roads.sort out the test centres and then the drivers

  • ET - 2011-08-24 08:00

    Can Golden Arrow busdrivers also look where they are driving please? I almost had my car's engine on my lap because a GA bus decided to reverse - never mind the fact that I was behind it and had another car behind me! Happened in Salt River, Cape Town!!!!

  • Dudley - 2011-08-24 10:09

    The reality is that the taxi drivers and their bosses dont care a damm about rules regulations and laws. metro cops are scared of taxi owners and only go thru the motion of stopping and checking taxis Driver attiture is the real problem here with mechanical issues second the cops will never challange the taxis with mafia type taxi bosses. reality sucks - we can moan groan and bitch - this problem will never go away - TIA - this is Africa

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