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Minister warns motorists over licences

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has issued a stern warning to motorists who have obtained their drivers licences through dubious methods.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters chats to a motorist. Picture: GCIS

MIDRAND - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has issued a stern warning to motorists who have obtained their drivers licences through dubious methods, saying they may be called for re-evaluation or even lose them.

Peters has announced the road death toll for the festive season, which stands at over 1,700 people, a 5% increase when compared to the period the year before.

The minister has instructed the Road Traffic Management Corporation to conduct an audit of how driving licences and roadworthiness certificates are processed and issued at testing stations.

Peters says there is rampant corruption at licensing centres and the audit will focus on those who obtained their licences from those stations.

“On the basis of our findings it is also expected that the affected individuals can be called for re-evaluation.”

Peters says it will be equally as important to understand how private testing stations and driving schools assist in facilitating the issuing of documents illegally.

The Transport Minister says that driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to wear a seatbelt and the use of cell phones while driving are among the main causes of road fatalities.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)