75 000 licences scrapped in past 5 years

2011-12-29 22:01

Pretoria - More than 75 000 licences have been cancelled in the past five years, while more than 3 000 drivers have had their licences suspended, the transport department said on Thursday.

Between 2006 and 27 December 2011, 75 722 licences and professional driving permits (PrDPs) were cancelled and 3 049 suspended, spokesperson Logan Maistry said in a statement.

This year alone 10 945 driving licences and PrDPs were cancelled and a further 607 suspended.

Gauteng accounted for the majority of cancellations (3 047) this year, followed by the Western Cape (2 815) and KwaZulu-Natal (1 497).

The majority of suspensions were in the Western Cape (166), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (159) and the Eastern Cape (140).

Since the start of the festive season, more than 1 434 motorists had been arrested across the country, including 501 for drunk driving, 420 for not having valid public transport permits and 104 for overloading.

During the same period, 544 379 vehicles and drivers were checked and 117 061 fines issued for various traffic offences. A total of 3 956 unroadworthy vehicles were impounded.

Most of these were minibus taxis or buses.

  • John - 2011-12-29 23:22

    Congratuations on this brave move! My real concern is these people might still be driving - with false drivers lisences they have bought somewhere.

      Juan - 2011-12-30 04:20

      That should be a criminal offence, and treated as such. The perpetrators must serve jail time if caught, no fines.

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-12-29 23:59

    75,000 licences scrapped 750,000 fake ones issued!

      Andrew - 2011-12-30 07:04

      They may have scrapped 75000 licences but what is not told, is how many were fakes, scrapping due to deaths as well as people who emmigrated? These would be interesting statistics.

      Gary - 2011-12-30 07:45

      Bingo Andrew, the stats include ALL scrappings.....

  • John - 2011-12-30 01:26

    It is not the responsibility of the state to baby sit adults, it is clear from the above that they are trying to do their best. Rather than critisize why don't you come up with solutions or better still start by never driving whilst drunk like most of you still do....or better still respect the cops when they are trying to do their jobs, you are the same people that cry foul when they is a road block or traffic delay due to the cops doing their jobs...

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-30 07:13

    I am sure that has made huge difference to the safety on our roads. Now we have 75 000 more people driving around WITHOUT a drivers license. Excellent strategy!

  • IFLY123 - 2011-12-30 07:44

    SO now they take away the only 78000 valid licences.That leaves some 3.8 million unlicenced drivers on the road.

  • Kate - 2011-12-30 07:57

    Now start with the unroadworthy vehicles

  • CyberDog - 2011-12-30 09:29

    Fools, shouting from the peanut gallery. They will implement costly road worthy testing systems, and you will have to pay exorbitant fees to have your vehicle checked each year, over and above all the other costs ... Instead of mindless rhetoric, why not offer some REAL solutions. .. I want to see how loud you will be crying then.

  • Gail - 2011-12-30 10:07

    Well done on actually removing these vehicles before they killed their passengers or worse injured them costing the overburdened health system billions in the long term.

  • trix.duvenage - 2011-12-31 10:03

    I am not convinced that scrapping licences is the answer simply because it creates more opportunities for police to accept bribes when they stop people without licences. The simple truth is that drunk people do not belong on a road and the should be punished severely. Taking licences away is not punishment. South Africa should adopt the Chinese modes operandi...ashes to ashes.....

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