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Watch it! Carlisle gets big guns

2012-12-03 10:05

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Road Traffic Act has been passed by the provincial legislature to clean up corruption.

Western Cape MEC for transport Robin Carlisle explained in a weekend statement: "I can now carry out investigations at any vehicle or driving licence testing centre without permission from the national transport department. This will greatly assist in dealing with corruption and jailing the offenders."

BLUE-LIGHT RULES, OK?

He said by January 2013 the department would have published conditions for the use of blue lights in the province.

Carlisle said blue lights would only be used in emergency situations.

"I will also issue a regulation requiring all vehicles overtaking cyclists to ensure that there is a safe distance of at least 1.5m between them before passing."

The act was passed on Thursday.

SAPA

Comments
  • mogo.naut - 2012-12-03 11:48

    Aaaaaaaand in other news, "Taxpayers foot bill for Zuma brothers' homes"..

  • francoisswart0 - 2012-12-03 14:53

    The Transport Nazi have spoken. "I will also issue a regulation requiring all vehicles overtaking cyclists to ensure that there is a safe distance of at least 1.5m between them before passing." How will that even be posssible on some of the roads in Cape Town? Especially on Chapman's Peak drive that you whored out to a toll company mein furher?

      peter.gugelmin - 2012-12-03 16:37

      Can't agree more francois. Between words and action from this fossil is a big gap. Like the action / nonaction taken by him after that railway-crossing accident. A year later nothing had been done about it and when the cameras were installed, he takes the credit for it.

      peter.gugelmin - 2012-12-03 16:37

      Can't agree more francois. Between words and action from this fossil is a big gap. Like the action / nonaction taken by him after that railway-crossing accident. A year later nothing had been done about it and when the cameras were installed, he takes the credit for it.

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-12-03 17:32

      francois, How will it be possible? Easy, if there isn't 1.5m, you don't pass, you wait! Even if this makes you late for your appointment with your mistress. And before you say that you shouldn't have to wait, yes you do, you are no more important than any other road user.

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-12-03 17:32

      francois, How will it be possible? Easy, if there isn't 1.5m, you don't pass, you wait! Even if this makes you late for your appointment with your mistress. And before you say that you shouldn't have to wait, yes you do, you are no more important than any other road user.

      lyall.chazen - 2012-12-04 03:27

      I strongly agree. Cyclists generally have no place on the road anyway and they need to stick to the pavement where they belong. They are the ones who need to have the common sense to not get within 1.5m of a car, it is not a driver's responsibility to look out for them. I'd like to see this guy getting crazed taxi drivers to stay 1.5m from cyclists. Good luck there, mate!

      lyall.chazen - 2012-12-04 03:27

      I strongly agree. Cyclists generally have no place on the road anyway and they need to stick to the pavement where they belong. They are the ones who need to have the common sense to not get within 1.5m of a car, it is not a driver's responsibility to look out for them. I'd like to see this guy getting crazed taxi drivers to stay 1.5m from cyclists. Good luck there, mate!

      lyall.chazen - 2012-12-04 03:36

      Freddie, I'll have you know the appointment with my mistress takes precedence over the life of any Darwin Award winning cyclist stupid enough to try peddling along at 20 km/h on SA roads, even if he is the doping Lance Armstrong. She doesn't like to be kept waiting. And since I drive a BMW, I AM superior to other road users. Move to Amsterdam if you think you should have rights as a cyclist.

      lyall.chazen - 2012-12-04 03:36

      Freddie, I'll have you know the appointment with my mistress takes precedence over the life of any Darwin Award winning cyclist stupid enough to try peddling along at 20 km/h on SA roads, even if he is the doping Lance Armstrong. She doesn't like to be kept waiting. And since I drive a BMW, I AM superior to other road users. Move to Amsterdam if you think you should have rights as a cyclist.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-12-03 16:34

    Would it not be more sensible, safer and fairer to ban cyclists from using the same roads that cars do?

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-12-03 17:35

      Even more sensible is banning motorists with your sense of supremacist. All road users are equal! Besides motorists, that includes cyclists, pedal and motor driven, pedestrians and horse driven carriages. These rules of course do not apply to Motorways where motor vehicles do get the sort of priority that you appear to want on all PUBLIC roads.

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-12-03 17:35

      Even more sensible is banning motorists with your sense of supremacist. All road users are equal! Besides motorists, that includes cyclists, pedal and motor driven, pedestrians and horse driven carriages. These rules of course do not apply to Motorways where motor vehicles do get the sort of priority that you appear to want on all PUBLIC roads.

      kevin.dry1 - 2012-12-03 17:44

      Only ban cyclists where thre is no overtaking and the road is narrower than a car witdth +1.5m. Ban all cars from cycle tracks and near stationery bikes in gyms.

      kevin.dry1 - 2012-12-03 17:44

      Only ban cyclists where thre is no overtaking and the road is narrower than a car witdth +1.5m. Ban all cars from cycle tracks and near stationery bikes in gyms.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-12-04 08:41

      @Freddie. While we are all road users, we are not all paying taxes for those roads. I would think that those paying the taxes (car drivers) should get preference. I also did not mention that bicycles should be banned from all roads, I said that they should be banned from using the same roads. To make that work you have differenet roads for cyclists. Afterall, Mr Carlisle's intention is to make roads safer for everyone. So before getting on your high horse about what you perceived me to ahve sai, rather think about what was being said

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-12-03 17:27

    Damn, Rudy Giuliani is now Western Cape MEC for transport.

  • john.brink.54 - 2012-12-03 17:32

    This guy is obviously a cyclist. Most of them are pretty arrogant riding two abreast, and of course the poor motorist that PAYS licence fees gets shot in the foot yet again. I ride a motorcycle and battle to pass them around Camps Bay Clifton area. If a car is in traffic are they allowed to pass us closer that 1.5m - I hope not!!!

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-12-04 11:12

      John, I am NOT a cyclist. I am a motorist, albeit a considerate motorist. I also have a motorcycle licence, though I have never ridden a bike in SA.

  • shauncro - 2012-12-03 17:43

    We need more of this in the country!

  • lyall.chazen - 2012-12-04 03:55

    I am starting to agree with Julius Malema when he said ANC voters should be bussed into the Western Cape. In SA, we have the choice between the endless corruption of Zuma building his private fiefdom or an old Apartheid die-hard like Carlisle still living under the delusion that this is Europe and will probably demand cycle lanes next. The money for these cycle lanes will have to come from increasing license fees, raising the tax on petrol and introducing 68 new toll gates. The wonders of democracy!

  • shaun.bezuidenhout.52 - 2012-12-04 08:07

    Baseless, senseless and opinionated drivel...oh the the article wasn't bad.

  • martin.a.fairhurst - 2012-12-04 09:33

    1.5m away from an unlicened road user. Same group who ignor traffic rules and regulations. Same group that ride side by side regardless of how wide the road is. Safer yes, but a very poor idea. Lets face it there would be no roads if there were no cars so these cyclist are riding on our dime and now we must wait for them. However, once again if there is no one to enforce the rules why bother. You can legislate until you are blue in the face but without enforcement officers on the ground it is futile. PUT COPS ON THE ROAD ROBIN and you may be surprised at the result.

      tristan.jaftha - 2012-12-04 21:22

      As far as I know you do not need a licence to use the road, only a licence to drive a vehicle. People didn’t suddenly think building roads was a good idea when automobiles were commercialised by Henry Ford in 1914. The Romans built roads, some of which were as straight as an arrow, had a drainage system and are still around today; so these were quality roads. As with most laws the lack of enforcement is concerning and you might be able to get away with non-compliance, but one day if someone does injury or kill a cyclist while not adhering to the standard of reasonableness set by this law then that person may be prosecuted for a crime. Being a law student, having cycled and having known people to die at the hands of negligent drivers, I can attest to how useful this law will be in the future. I understand that there are many cyclists who don’t observe proper road etiquette, but how can you hold them in contempt when you aren’t even bothered to adhere to legislation yourself. In other words, two wrongs don’t make a right if both parties have shown that they are not willing to respect the rule of law in the first place.

  • grant.neill.16 - 2012-12-04 10:21

    The ANC will be furious, how dare the opposition actually do something about corruption.

  • tilovonbrandis - 2012-12-04 12:14

    This will mean that a drive from Simon's Town to Muizenberg will take about 4 hours, 1 to get past the roadworks that take about 20 years to finish for a 1 kilometer stretch and another 3 hours while getting stuck behind cyclist taking their time, as the road is not wide enough to pass a cyclist without using pavements (cyclists have a hight standing than pedestrians because I do not believe a law to stay that far away from pedestrians exists). Considering that a lot of economically active people live in that area, the economical cost in the long run will be substantial... I think this man converted a brain-fart into a law so that HE can ride his bicycle safely, ignoring the implications. Build dedicated cycle lanes to sort out the problem!!!

  • michael.v.kesteren - 2012-12-04 13:13

    Any other civilised country can share a road with a cyclist, so grow up and deal with it.

  • Jason - 2012-12-04 21:05

    Can't believe you bloody Capetonians are complaining about Carlisle. You should count yourselves lucky. Typical of Safa's though. Live in Limpopo and complain about lawlessness - live in Cape Town and complain about too much order.

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