Road rules to be better enforced

The RTMC has acquired 50 new vehicles after implementing a turnaround strategy to improve finances.

FILE: Acting chief executive of the Road Traffic Management Corporation Collins Letsoalo on 8 November 2010. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says law enforcement on the roads will be intensified through its National Traffic Intervention Unit.

Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday, the corporation's acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo said they've acquired a new fleet of high performance and specialist vehicles.

The new cars will help them better tackle various problems on the roads, he says.

"[These include] public passenger transport, excessive speeding, alcohol enforcement, heavy freight vehicles and special operations such as illegal drag racing."

He also says they have achieved an unqualified audit for a second consecutive year.

He says after returning its vehicles to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) last year because of financial difficulties, the corporation implemented a turnaround strategy, allowing them the buy the 50 new patrol cars.

The traffic intervention unit works closely with local traffic law enforcement agencies.

In March, the Transport Department was forced to refute claims that the RTMC had been dissolved.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle made the claim, citing corruption as a cause.

But spokesperson for the national department, Tiyani Rikhotso, denied the claims.

He said government was yet to make a decision on the future of the RTMC.