Peters take tough stance on road safety
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has unveiled her department’s festive season road safety campaign.
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport has vowed to come down hard on the owners of heavy goods vehicles and public transport vehicles this festive season in a bid to reduce road accidents.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has unveiled her department's festive season road safety campaign.
Peters says law enforcement officials will take tough action against public transport and heavy vehicle operators found to be on the wrong side of the law.
The minister says they risk having their operating licenses suspended, vehicles impounded and drivers arrested.
The holiday season usually sees an increase in road accidents and deaths.
Driver fatigue, negligence and unroadworthy vehicles are some of the main causes.
The department has also sent a stern notice against civilians and officials who condone bribery warning that both will face arrest.
Last year the department revealed that there was a marginal decrease in the number of road deaths during the festive season compared to the previous period.
Peters said nearly 1,400 people died in road crashes since the start of December 2013.
She added that the figures remained unacceptable.
Peters argued that the number of people killed on the roads should be viewed in a different context because South Africans have become complacent.