Reducing road deaths urgent: Ndebele

2012-01-30 21:59

Johannesburg - Reducing road deaths was not negotiable and has become the daily mission of the country's traffic authorities, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said on Monday.

"It is time for all right-thinking and like-minded South Africans to say: Enough is Enough. We need to take back our roads," he said.

Ndebele was responding to reports of two accidents in the Western Cape in which 13 people died on Monday.

Eight people died near Gouda when two trucks collided and were then hit by an earthmover. Five died in a second accident when a taxi hit a stationary truck on the N1 near Cape Town.

Another five people died near Ulundi, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a head-on collision.

World leaders needed to work together during the Decade of Action for Road Safety and share solutions on how to stop the carnage, said Ndebele.

Through the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP), traffic authorities would stop and check a million vehicles and drivers every month in 2012, he said.

Dangerous drivers who were drunk, reckless or inconsiderate would be aggressively pursued.

Ndebele called on all people to be part of the Decade of Activism for Road Safety 2011 to 2020.

KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu said he was saddened and shocked at news of the accident near Ulundi on Monday.

"We appeal to everyone to define his or her role in reducing road carnage," he said.

"We will intensify our road safety campaign under Operation Val'ingozi with a view to revive the consciences and morals of road users."

  • Almero - 2012-01-30 22:30

    Transport department should create Website were we as public could report incidents of reckless driving.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-30 22:56

      There is the arrive alive website where you can report reckless driving, although I am unsure about what sort of results, if any ensue from a report.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-30 23:19

      Almero : "Reckless driving" is not defined. It is extremely subjective.

  • JohnSA02 - 2012-01-30 23:01

    I fear that this is just more talk from the transport minister. The road traffic law enforcement agencies are failing us miserably, the justice system is failing us, but most importantly, nothing will change unless we, the road users become more disciplined and start taking responsibility for road safety.

      Sean - 2012-01-31 00:12

      @John - Are you perhaps refering to erecting signs at on/off-ramps stating "Hijacking Hot spot - take care of your own safety" ??? How and why should we be doing these ourselves when the taxpayers pay police to take care of such situations? Proper policing/traffic enforcement should return to the way it was not so long ago! I agree that all road'users must become more disciplinned, but you will allways have chance rs that need taking care of with drastic measurs! Let's see whether our Transport Minister can put his money where his mouth is. This situation got out of control because it was left for too long! Now it is going to be hard for the leopards to change their spots/habits!? Leave things too long and regret the outcome!

  • bernpm - 2012-01-30 23:34

    "Reducing road deaths was not negotiable........the daily mission of the country's traffic authorities" Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said on Monday. How?? Officers sitting under a tree and collecting money?? or...officers on the road and following the traffic for driving offences??? Justice?? Judge Motata -drunk, hitting a wall, all on camera- years later still appealing his conviction?? The singer Jub Jub and his mate, killing 4 and another 2 damaged for life, still walking around?? What happened to McBride, proposed for a senior police post in Pretoria??? Dear Minister, what is your plan of action??? ...and when do you start????

      Sean - 2012-01-31 00:15

      What plan..........!? The criminals rule and get away with murder and end up on the golf course!

      Jou - 2012-01-31 08:59

      In the old Regime days the cops patrolled the highways. It was a strange sight to witness a truck or taxi parked on the yellow line alongside the road without seeing a patrol vehicle quickly pulling in behind it. These days it's a strange sight to actually see a patrol vehicle.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-30 23:42

    There is not one day that goes by that I don't sit with my mouth hanging open at the bad driving on our roads. I have seen cars reverse up a highway because of a traffic jam, and leave via the onramp!! Of course the other favourite is doing a u-turn into the right hand lane with cars approaching at 120 km/h. The traffic laws are there - they just need to be enforced. I would be much more relaxed as a driver when everyone obeyed the rules.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-30 23:52

    Dear Minister, It is about time, we state OUR DEMAND, YOU don't get the road deaths down, YOU ARE FIRED !!!!

  • Sean - 2012-01-30 23:56

    I have one question on this, if the public produces video footage of reckless driving of any taxi, bus truck or any other road-users on a dedicated website, will there be action taken upon these drivers? I ask this because it seems that the public's complaints are running on deaf ears as if taxi drivers for example, do not drive on sidewalks etc. This government needs to come up with a plan as in yesturday! It's as if people's lives mean nothing anymore! The little yellow stickers stating the recently introduced speed-limit for all passenger vehicles are meaningless. I don't think taxi/bus drivers know the meaning of those stickers at all. It is easy to change traffic regulations etc., but if not policed properly, it is absolutely meaningless! It seems that all passenger vehicles have carte blanche on our roads and they are untouchable! I smell a rat here! Sorry, another question... why should we rely on the "World Leaders" to assist our out-of-hand traffic situation when we "could" be quite capable of doing ourselves??? WTF? Our transport minister has just implicated himself of being incapable of doing his job properly!

  • Mel - 2012-01-31 05:26

    Quicksmart then Sbu time is of the essence, actions speak louder than words tick tock

  • Piet - 2012-01-31 06:13

    Mr Ndebele, just put up more toll-roads. You mos the one who say pay for the toll or get in a taxi...imagine the road death rate then. Think sir, think!

  • Victor - 2012-01-31 06:35

    Accelerator goveners should be fitted to all taxi's to limit them to one max speed only 80 km p/h and if tampered with should set off a silent alarm that cuts out all electronic equipment to the engine rendering the taxi disable and then taxi driver should have his vehicle confiscated for a period of time until he has been rehabilitated and can then join society once rehab is complete, after all he is transporting people and has a huge responsibility for their safety.

  • anthony.kleynhans - 2012-01-31 08:33

    there is only one way all taxis and transporters (buses) must go through the roadworthy test every year to ensure that they are kept in a worthy condition to be re-licensed for the next year. this will start putting pressure on the owners to look after the vehicle to ensure that they can stay in business. if a fleet owner is found to neglect one of his fleet then the whole fleet should be taken off of the road for re-testing.

  • comurray - 2012-01-31 08:39

    Remove 90% of taxis and 50% of busses that should reduce the death toll by at least 50%.

  • darkangelBDF - 2012-01-31 08:44

    They should really focus on the causes of most of our accidents... Unroadworthy taxis / buses / trucks as well as unlicensed / negligent drivers. A taxi driver can even kill several people driving at 60km/h with the way 95% of them drive. Non-consideration of fellow road users and even passengers is a major cause for concern.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-01-31 08:48

    WAKE UP IDIOTS - You can stop a trillion vehicles a day but it will not stop homicidal maniacs driving on our roads.

  • Mel - 2012-01-31 08:59

    Does SA have vehicle safety checks every 6mnths to make sure they are safe and roadworthy? Could someone pls comment.

  • johanspokie.rossouw - 2012-01-31 09:18

    Trucks must not be aloud to drive at night period. And cars and taxis that aint road worthy scrap it dont let them go and repair that crap.

  • JohanSmalNaboomspruit - 2012-01-31 10:54

    The only way to stop it is to get unfit drivers off the road. A good place to start with is the thousands of illegal licenses issued every month by corrupt licensing departments. It is common knowledge that, for the right price you can buy a license from just about every licensing office in South Africa.

  • Darra - 2012-01-31 11:41

    Wow. What an earth shattering, profound statement! Why would world leaders want to have anything to do with us in this regard! What will we be able to teach them? Mr Minister, heres a start. Whatever hold the taxi industry has over the government.... GET RID OF IT! You and your Government, and your predecessors are terrified of them. Up until then, whatever U say and whatever inane comments U make, and however many appearances you make on television, my people will still be dying and you'll be responsible because you dont have the will. WE're the worst in the world, for heaven sake, and you're playing violin (fiddling) while my country burns! Angry? You're more than right! I am da-----d angry. Theres no time for niceties and diplomacy.

  • Fred - 2012-01-31 12:22

    Yes, get those lazy traffic police members to stop hiding behind bushes just trying to make money. Let them patrol the streets, do something about the minibus taxi's ( I know most are owned by members themselves ), and take unroadworthy vehicles off our roads.

  • Craig - 2012-01-31 13:13

    It's the attitude of most of our drivers that needs to change including comprehensive driver training, there is no special driver training procedures in place in terms of law, no skid pan training, no emergency stop training, 90% of the drivers on our roads have no idea of the forces generated by even a minor accident, unless we are taught such fundermentals we are doomed, never mind the the testosterone issue which is evident every day,the current drivers test, with respect, has resulted in a generation of "lady" drivers who while fully qualified in terms of law are a absolute menace, the 80km/h ladies on the freeways and the parking lot non-operationals, should this training occur with special referance to all public transport and truckers we are f--ting against thunder, our drivers just seem to have no idea !!!

  • Roshn1 - 2012-02-03 17:35

    The Minister should not worry about trying to reduce the speed limit on our roads. It's peoples lack of consideration for other road users that causes accidents. I sometimes wonder whether their driver's licences are valid and if so which traffic department issued it. It's clear that most driver's don't know the simple rules of the road - eg. markings, for starters. If you don't believe me...make it a point of turning on to Grayston from katherine on any given afternoon and you will understand.

  • Salomé - 2012-02-06 07:40

    Enough is indeed enough Mr Minister. The problem starts with your traffic officials who have never heard of "Batho Pele Principles" of service delivery, who can only hide and operate speed cameras whilst drunken, reckless drivers in overladen and unroadworthy vehicles pass them by following extremely dangerous practices on the road and thus endangering all other users of the road. Please analyse the real reasons behind all the road deaths and create a supportive and co-operative relationship between drivers and traffic officials!

  • graham.radburnd - 2012-05-16 16:40

    We hear this week after week from Minister Ndebele. I'm afraid it is all talk and no action. How can I drive 875kms from Pietermaritzburg to Tzaneen, (via Piet Retief & Lydenburg), and not see 1 traffic policeman along the way? He talks about international co-operation, go and see how they do it in New Zealand, where for 2011 they recorded their lowest death toll since 1954. In NZ you have a high police visibility, a real zero tolerance policy, and over holiday periods they reduce the permissable over the speed limit to 5kph. In a country where the majority of new licences are taken in a 5 ton truck so that you don't have to do any reverse parking, or brought, there is no hope in hell that we will ever get our death toll down. Another case in point being you never see the SAP guys wearing their seatbelts. They have this childish argument that they need to get out of their vehicles quickly. We as the public are also at fault, as I drive around, I am shocked by the numbers of people that don't buckle up. I love life too much and want to die in my bed when I am 95 years old, not by being flung out of my vehicle and having the car roll on top of me. It is so sad to read the weekly stories of children being killed in car accidents, if you as a parent really loved your children, you would ensure that they were buckled up before you even drove out the gate.

  • Danny - 2012-06-27 18:04

    On the 27th.june,2012,I was in the company of my son who was driving a white nissan sentra when we were passing a notorius stretch of road in Phoenix Aberdare Drive.We noticed a group of very suspicious looking persons trying to stop us.My son removed his seatbelt and proceeded and whilst he was trying to put on his seatbelt,a traffic stopped him.I am a member of the community policing forum and I tried to speak to her that the place is notorius for hijacking,but she would not listen.Her name is F,N,Dlamini and she was very arrogant.She checked the entire functionality of the vehicle and could not find any faults.So she decided to give a ticket for the seatbelt which my son was still fastening after the ordeal,Itried to tell her about the traffic lights not functioning at a busy intersection which should be attended to and she refused to listen.The Quarry road intersection is a very busy intersection and more often the not street children direct traffic.What about the taxis driving on the yellow lines at top speeds the traffic officers are never in sight.This police officer No.PC5451 has a lot to learn.I am definitely not going to take this lightly.Already the durban metro police name has been tarnished in the Sunday Tribune.

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