Crackdown on errant motorists pays off

2014-08-15 00:00

A SPECIAL team tracking down errant motorists in the province is clearly paying off, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said yesterday.

The department has served 6 064 warrants of arrest worth R4,2 million for traffic violations.

This was possible with the formation of a traffic fine tracing team to recover outstanding fines, Mchunu said.

“These are largely fines obtained for speeding and other road traffic offences which all contribute to road accidents, crashes and fatalities.”

He said the department would follow-up on the outstanding fines. “We will send the strong message that there are serious consequences for unbecoming and illegal driver conduct on our roads.”

Mchunu also warned of a crackdown on vehicles that were found to be unroadworthy on the province’s roads.

“We have to ensure that no unroadworthy vehicle or truck finds its way onto our roads and certainly not on our licensed vehicles database.”

The crackdown would be undertaken in partnership with neighbouring provinces such as the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

Mchunu said the new number plate system to reflect KwaZulu-Natal identity would unfold within the next few years.

“We believe this is critical in our efforts to ascertain enforcement of our laws and also to proactively address issues of security, and remove illegal and unroadworthy vehicles.

“We will also expand the average over-distance technology coverage along the N3 corridor from Cato Ridge to the four level interchange and from the N2 at the Illovu River to Umtentweni,” Mchunu warned.

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