VISIBLE POLICING NEEDED:Image: SAPA
CAPE TOWN - On August 13 2014, Wheels24 reported that National transport minister Dipuo Peters said it was important to make South African roads safer to reduce carnage.
In a speech at the third Africa Road Safety Seminar in Cape Town, Peters said the department's commitment to road safety included R580-million for administration and enforcement of road traffic legislation, over the period 2014/15 to 2016/17.
In response to Peters’ statement, Donald Grant, Western Cape minister of transport and public works, believes that she had “missed an opportunity to tackle child road safety head-on”.
READERS TOP SIX TIPS
While SA ministers decide on the best way to improve road safety, we asked Wheels24 readers what they thought could be done to reduce the country's appalling road death toll.
Wheels24 reader VERNON STOLTZ outlines his top six ways to reduce road deaths in SA:
1 Mini bus taxi drivers, truck and bus drivers must complete at least two advance drivers’ courses before being allowed to operate their vehicles.
2 The alcohol intake limit for drivers must be ZERO.
3 All vehicles must be roadworthy and pass a roadworthy test a maximum of every two years. I think 90% of our taxis won't make it to the gate of a test station.
4 Insurance of vehicles must be enforced by strict laws.
5 Speed-enforcement must be intensified.
6 More traffic officers to be deployed and they must be more visible (i.e not sleeping under a bridge).
Do you agree/disagree with Grant's statements? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.
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