What a chop! Lousy drivers face scorn

2014-09-13 00:00

THERE’S a new online social platform for naming and shaming hazardous drivers on our South African roads.

“Drive-Like-A-Chop” provides its users with an instant means of revealing the transgressions of other road users to the country. Users upload pictures of pedestrians and vehicles, be they moving or parked, adding rather colourful descriptions of their actions on the road.

A few years back, the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) was set up. The service allowed road users to report any reckless driving, moving violations, fraud and corruption to authorities via e-mail or phone. Members of the public must complete an application form to register to become a “Traffic Observer” in order to do so. There are over 4 000 registered traffic observers but, according to Thato Mosena of the RTMC, the volume of calls to the centre is very low.

Mosena said that when they are informed of an offence, “… incidents are reported directly to the relevant authorities for immediate attention while a letter is sent to the vehicle owner regarding the driver’s behaviour”.

However, in today’s social media world, reporting incidents on the road has become a shared and simple experience. As an example, one of the users of “Drive-Like-A-Chop” posted the following comment and included a picture of the car and its number plate.

“This person doesn’t know how to park in a space meant for two cars. Be considerate. You are not alone in this world. You’ve been chopped. Chopper out,” they said.

The site is predominantly being used by Gauteng and Western Cape motorists but it’s slowly spreading to the rest of South Africa as it increases in popularity.

You can find the site at http://www.drivelikeachop.co.za/

You can call the NTCC on 0861 400 800 (not toll-free).

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