Jaguar F-Type gets all-wheel drive

Jaguar’s F-Type sports car now has electric power-assistance for its steering across the range, which is cool, and an F-Type R Coupe with intelligent all-wheel drive, which is HOT!

SA-bound Lexus RC F: Performance for all

Lexus has produced its most powerful V8 road car yet. Get ready for the new SA-bound RC F, a high-performance car for any enthusiast. Or racetrack...

Fake licences 'must go' - minister

2012-07-10 09:46

DO THE RIGHT THING: Transport minister Ben Martins says the effects of licences fraudulently obtained are clear to see.

Devereaux Morkel

Transport authorities are bent on rooting out the issuing of fraudulent driving and car licences, transport minister Ben Martins has said.

"We need to ensure that there isn't corruption with regard to the issuing of driving licences. Unfortunately," he said, "the horrors, the facts, of fraudulent licences are to be seen on our roads."

NOT GOING ANYWHERE SOON


This was a problem that should be tackled together by the provinces and the national government. Fraudulent licences would remain a problem for some time, but the department was working on it.

"It's not an issue that we can say we will eliminate in six months, but it's an issue that we have to give the required attention."

His department was also looking into Putco bus operations after the June 25 accident in which a driver lost control of a bus near Meyerton, Gauteng. It drove off a bridge, killing 20 people and injuring 55.

The department noted reports that a number of the Putco buses had fraudulent roadworthy licences.

"It is the responsibility of our department to ensure that we regularly pay visits to those authorities that issue licences. So that we are sure that the licences issued are valid licences. That's an on-going challenge that you will not be able to solve overnight."

Martins said it was an area of "grave concern" for the transport department, but it was ready to deal with it. "It has a great impact on our people... It's an aspect of our work that we take very seriously."

RELIABLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM


Martins told the Southern African Transport Conference that a reliable and efficient transport system was essential to the functioning of society. The transport sector should contribute to socio-economic development and investment in infrastructure should leave behind more than power stations, railway lines, dams, and roads.

Martins said state-owned companies and entities were contributing to infrastructure development.

"Transnet and Sanral have allocated R300-billion and R133-billion, respectively, over the next seven years for infrastructure development."

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Bellissimo! We drive new SA-bound 500X

Fiat's morphed its little 500 into a rugged, stylish crossover - the 500X. Wheels24's SERGIO DAVIDS went to Italy to drive the car on Fiat's proving ground and says Fiat's gone wild!

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.