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‘Confiscate reckless drivers’ vehicles’

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle wants to punish reckless motorists by confiscating their vehicles.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says punitive action for road law offenders is not harsh enough.

The Western Cape Transport Department wants to beef up punishment for offenders by confiscating their vehicles for up to a week depending on the seriousness of their offence.

Carlisle says they hope this will discourage motorists from driving recklessly.

"In many cases the fines are ridiculously low. We stopped a man from travelling at 150km/h and he got a fine of R250. He drives a Mercedes 500."

October is transport month and government has urged motorists to drive responsibly.

South Africa has one of the worst road death records in the world.