New bill to crack down on bad drivers

At least 60,000 people are killed on the country's roads every year.

FILE: A traffic officer writes up a report. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Drivers who repeatedly break the law can eventually expect to have their licences taken away from them with the passing of a new bill on Tuesday that will make the much talked about demerit system a reality.

At least 60,000 people are killed on the country's roads every year.

The bill provides for a traffic offenders' register.

The law will also introduce a tribunal to adjudicate infringements in the hope of reducing the backlog in the courts.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi explains: “We are no longer living in the Stone Age. We are now in the 21st century. It is very important that we are up to speed with the technological innovations and developments.”

While opposition parties mostly supported the intention behind the bill, the Democratic Alliance’s Manny de Freitas says it doesn't believe some of the amendments are constitutional.

"The RTIA will not constitute an independent tribunal. Representation officers would be employed by and under the direction of the authority."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)