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Ndebele calls for graduated driver’s licenses

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele has warned reckless motorists they will be shown no mercy and that if they...

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Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele has warned reckless motorists they will be shown no mercy and that if they are arrested for negligent driving they can expect to face murder charges.

Ndebele was speaking at a roadblock in Springs, the first of many to be rolled out during the Easter season.

Dozens of motorists were forced to pull over while traffic officials search their cars.

The owner of a small bakkie was fined for overloading after 10 people were found cramped at the back of his vehicle.

Meanwhile, Ndebele called for a graduated driver’s license, which would see learner drivers barred from obtaining a full license for three years, only on condition that they have no traffic violation.

“I’ll be piloting that amendment in 2012 in Parliament,” he said.

He said despite opposition to the plan, he was determined to implement it as soon as possible, in a bid to curb the carnage on the country’s roads.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport Department will be launching its Easter Road Safety Campaign later this week.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said his department would be focusing on programmes which have proved to be successful during 2011's Easter rush.

Carlisle said one of the programmes include operation fatigue.

He said traffic officers would be on the look-out for taxi drivers who are on the road for long periods of time and have not taken breaks.

“Every taxi will be stopped at various points along the route. Officials will assess how long the taxi driver has been driving for, and if he appears to be fatigued, he will be required to stop at that point,” he said.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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