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2015-04-20 08:58

SAFETY CHECKS NEEDED: Licences and permits should be checked regularly, says reader SHERMAN AMOS. Image: Shutterstock

SHERMAN AMOS

SHERMAN AMOS

Wheels24 reader SHERMAN M AMOS writes that Minister Dipuo Peters must revisit professional driving permit (PrDP) requirements and qualifications for these drivers rather than impose meaningless travel restriction times.

Currently there are  close to half a million PrDP drivers on NaTIS who have not renewed their PrDP's. This number is indicative of the lack of interest, political will and of effective law enforcement notwithstanding that this information is available to law enforcement and transport department on NaTIS and the requirement on the operator as stipulated in section 50 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.

UNQUALIFIED DRIVERS TO BLAME

Further, given the alarming increase in fatal and serious injury road crashes of late, as part of the application process and qualification, applicants must be required to undergo an advance driving test and qualify as an advanced driver before a PrDP is issued.

This must apply equally to SAPS drivers considering the number of SAPS vehicles written off annually. All emergency vehicle drivers should also undergo proactive and defensive driving programmes in an attempt to halt road fatalities caused by this category of vehicle in SA.

Yes it will be expensive but can SA compromise on road safety if, as this government claims, it is serious in finding solutions to the problem as claimed by the minister?

 


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