Mobile traffic courts mooted

2013-09-25 22:14

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Johannesburg - A new way to swiftly prosecute motorists breaking traffic laws is being considered, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.

"We would like to have mobile courts on the roads to ensure prosecution for various transgressions," said acting CEO Gilberto Martins.

He said the courts would not be an everyday thing but would be focused on special operations.

One period for using such courts would be the December holidays on five of the country's major routes.

"They should be in place to deal aggressively with those who transgress the law excessively," he said.

Dealing with law breakers, he said some cases would be easier to settle while difficult ones would be referred to the regional courts.

"If a person pleads guilty, it's done and settled. If they plead not guilty, it becomes another legal issue, but it's more important to deal aggressively with people who transgress the laws to limits that are unacceptable," he said.

Martins briefed reporters on a plan to curb road accidents. It would focus on public transport, as 80% of the population depended on it, and heavy freight vehicles.

"It must be agreed that this will be a national roll-out of public transport enforcement and the approach must be professional but vigorous, extensive and decisive along identified hazardous locations," he said.

The aim of the intelligent traffic enforcement management was to reduce the number of accidents, create a heightened awareness of road traffic safety, and increase the detection and prosecution of critical traffic offences.

For the plan to be effective, traffic officers had to be on the roads.

"For detection to be effective, we need to ensure that traffic enforcement is visible. The only way to detect if a car is roadworthy is by physically inspecting it," he said.

Martins said more officers would be deployed at road blocks to check roadworthiness of vehicles.

"We want to have 70% of men stationed at road blocks to check defects, while 30% will be roving checkers," he said.

Martins invited the public to get involved in the fight to reduce accidents and to report bad driving.

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