New Traffic rules absurd

2015-05-27 06:00

REV. THEUNIS BOTHA, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP):

IT would appear that many of those holding high office in our country are prone to making decisions that fly in the face of reason.

The latest decision to reduce the speed limit to 40 km/h is absurd.

But not as absurd as the suggestion that there should be driving tests before driver’s licences are renewed.

It must be pointed out that the present speed limits are not the reason for accidents on our roads.

It is rather due to these limits being exceeded without consequence.

When visiting the traffic department one is confronted by queues of people waiting to collect their licences and a large number waiting to take driving tests.

For many of these people it means hours of waiting in queues and lost productivity before they are assisted.

If all of these people were to wait to take driving tests, I think they would have to put up a tent and park there for a few days.

What would happen if we placed more pressure on the structures?

The worst thing would be a meltdown of service which would lead to a situation in which drivers would be driving without licences, as it is impossible to get through the red tape of taking the test in the first place.

But that would not be the only problem.

There would most certainly be a rise in bribery and corruption, as drivers would try to get their driver’s licence without having to go to the trouble of actually taking a test by bribing an official.

This is already happening, as there are many drivers on the roads who do not have a legal licence.

A suggestion would be to make drivers take a test who have proven to be irresponsible and have been pulled over and given a ticket for bad driving, speeding and neglecting to follow the rules of the road.

Another way would be to actually institute the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) points system and, should a person receive a certain number of points, they should have their licence suspended and be forced to redo their driving test.

None of this will work, however, unless traffic officers start doing their job of enforcing the law, instead of, as it has been reported, demanding bribes.

This is the only way to ensure that the rules are adhered to.

Draconian measures and attempts by the government to rake in more revenue will not solve any problems

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