Road hogs roped in on rules

2015-07-23 06:01
An official from the transport department demonstrates to Manduleli Songo how to use a disposable alcohol breathalyser equipment.        

Mbongiseni Maseko

An official from the transport department demonstrates to Manduleli Songo how to use a disposable alcohol breathalyser equipment. PHOTOs: Mbongiseni Maseko

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The Department of Transport and Public Works recently embarked on a road show designed to help drivers bring the numbers of collisions our roads down.

The Gugulethu Taxi Rank was the scene of the first exhibition on Monday.

The driver education and awareness road show saw drivers being taught about safe driving habits and vehicle safety.

Drivers were also given road safety pamphlets and disposable alcohol breathalyser testing equipment during the event.

The department said driving in safer vehicles helps to reduce the number of passenger and pedestrian injuries and road traffic fatalities in the Western Cape.

This initiative aim to achieve the overall goal of a reliable, safe and comfortable public transport system which responds appropriately to the needs of its users.

The stakeholders included the City of Cape Town Traffic Services, SAPS, Child Safe South Africa, Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), the Road Accident Fund (RAF), the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), and Sanral (the South African National Roads Agency).

Partners distributed road safety pamphlets on the day.

George Shikwambana of Road Safety Monitoring said they targeted mostly the taxi industry, because they ferry most passengers, some of whom travel long distances.

“We want the drivers to know the importance of the safety of their vehicles.

The Western Cape has a high number of migrant workers, who mostly travel between the province and the Eastern Cape using taxis.

Most of the time when a taxi rolled, it becomes evident that the problem was a tyre burst which is caused by the pressure,” he said.

He also said the gauge given to the drivers will enable the drivers to check their tyre pressure at any time and also to check if their tires are not worn out.

The minimum tread for tires should not be less than two millilitres.

Shikwambana also said they were planning to put a sticker on any taxi that is about to embark on a long distance trip at the departure point which will indicate that a particular taxi has passed the roadworthy check.

The taxi will also be checked frequently along the road by traffic officers until it reaches its final destination.

Manduleli Songo, a driver, applauded the road show.

“What they are doing here is important, but I do not like the idea of giving the drivers the alcohol breath testing equipment, because it is like they are saying it is right to drink a bit before driving.

I think they must just tell the drivers that drinking and driving is totally wrong.

Most deaths on the roads are caused by alcohol related accidents,” Songo said.

According to the statement released by the department, the absolute number of minibus taxi-related fatalities has been on the decline since 2010. Taxis found to be unroadworthy, or operating in violation of the conditions of their operating licences are impounded.

The Department also conducts ongoing fatigue management operations on all major routes to and from the Eastern Cape.

Drivers judged to be too tired are required to rest for a minimum of two hours before they are allowed to proceed on their journeys.

The Department has revealed that it has a very good relationship with Santaco which helps with the cooperation of taxi owners for its road safety work.

Kenny Africa, Provincial Traffic Chief, said:

“Our officers are in full force on a 24/7 basis to attend to vehicle fitness, driver fitness and overloading.

Our officers won’t think twice about impounding any public transport vehicle, should it be necessary.”

Africa added that it is very important to educate all road users to create greater awareness of road safety, especially pedestrians, who account for the highest percentage of road traffic fatalities.

“Pedestrians should also be educated on how to use public roads

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