100km/h limit for state vehicles?

2011-04-26 08:45

State vehicles in the North West could soon be subjected to a speed limit of 100km/h, the province’s transport department said today.

Speaking at a pre-budget media briefing in Mahikeng, public works, roads and transport spokesperson Matshube Mfoloe said the provincial government hoped to reduced accident rates and cut down on fuel costs by reducing the speed limit.

Mfoloe said his department was “exploring legal methods” of restricting the speed limit to 100km/h on pool vehicles, excluding executive and emergency vehicles.

He said this may help reduce the rate at which government vehicles were involved in accidents and possibly slash the current excessive use of fuel, and speeding fines.

Mfoloe said government vehicles were involved in 333 road accidents in the past financial year.

The public works department purchases vehicles on conditional grants from the national government and distributes vehicles to all provincial departments.

Mfoloe said repairs to North West state vehicles that were involved in accidents cost taxpayers more than R2.3?million.

“Of extreme concern to all of us, is an amount of more than R2.3 million the department has spent in repairing damages to vehicles. This is money down the tube.”

Mfoloe said the provincial pool fleet had not been upgraded for the past three years because of insufficient budget allocation for fleet vehicles.

“Our provincial pool fleet is older than five years and if not attended to soon, it may affect service delivery.”

Mfoloe added that the use of a state vehicle without authority is tantamount to theft which is a dismissable offence.

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