Taxi drivers among worst culprits when it comes to wearing seatbelts

By Drum Digital
25 September 2015

Taxi drivers among worst culprits when it comes to wearing seatbelts.

Minibus taxi, delivery van and private drivers are among the worst culprits when it comes to not strapping on their seatbelts, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Friday.

“Minibus taxis drivers as well as drivers of private motor vehicles and light delivery vehicles constituted the majority of motorists charged for failing to wear seatbelts,” said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane.

However bus and truck drivers were putting safety first by ensuring they complied with this traffic rule.

A failure to wear seatbelts was in fact one of the main reasons, along with vehicle defects and speeding, that drivers were charged with traffic violation fines in the first quarter of the financial year – from April to June.

Just over 10 000 cars of the 101 906 stopped by officials had such major defects that they allowed for the charge and arrest of the drivers, as well as the suspension of the vehicles.

“Smooth tyres, broken windscreens, faulty brakes and malfunctioning lamps were the major defects found.

“These offences contribute significantly to fatalities on South African roads.”

Zwane said that 24-hour shifts were soon to be implemented so that traffic officials could better monitor safe driving practices on the country’s roads.

Source: News24

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