Caught in the act

2014-09-17 00:00

THE Transport Department has promised to investigate the driver of a government vehicle photographed recklessly overtaking across a double-barrier line on a dangerous stretch of road.

The action was photographed by a Witness reader who would only identify himself as Clyde. The vehicle was being driven on the R56 towards Richmond on Monday afternoon.

Clyde was furious at the driver, who overtook a truck on a blind spot.

“The Transport MEC [Willies Mchunu] says speed kills, but my opinion is, stupidity kills!” he said, adding that the driver was endangering people’s lives by being stupid.

Clyde’s photo shows the registration number of the vehicle, making it easy to track down the driver.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane condemned the driver’s dangerous behaviour.

“It is such behaviour that leads to major accidents on our roads,” he said.

Ncalane said the department would investigate the matter with the relevant department.

“We can’t be taken seriously in our campaign to reduce road carnage if our colleagues in the government are not responsible in their conduct on our roads,” he said.

Ncalane said MEC Mchunu had also condemned government officials’ reckless driving behaviour in his budget speech.

“The MEC said they should lead by example,” he said.

Ncalane said Mchunu had also informed other MECs of the need to develop a policy that would deal harshly with officials who are negligent with state vehicles.

“The MEC wants to develop a policy that will have punitive measures for anyone found to be reckless while driving a state vehicle,” he said.

“We are also looking at technologies to install in state vehicles to assist us in ensuring that those who use them do so responsibly,” he said.


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