Cape limits - readers respond

2012-09-05 09:03

Cape Town - Wheels24's report about the Western Cape Provincial Road Traffic Bill calling for a raft of changes - including a blanket 10km/h reduction of all speed limits - for the province sparked an amazing response.

More than 200 Readers' Comments poured in, along with a number of e-mails, and for once most of the responses were reasoned - indeed reasonable! Few thought the blanket reduction was a good idea and provincial transport MEC Robin Carlisle came under serious attack for what many folk thought was not only a silly idea, but also dangerous.

The proposal calls for a maximum speed of 110km/h on open roads and 50km/h within city centres. Even lower limits are mooted near shops, schools and other public areas - 40km/h and 30km/h zones for areas of "high pedestrian concentration". 

Overall, readers felt the lower speed limits would frustrate drivers while doing nothing to reduce road deaths.

Curriemafia - I know CT has a rep of being laid back but have you driven at 50km/h? It's ridiculous !

George.slade.161 - If I have to drive at 50km/h, I will do it reverse ! It’s simply too slow.

Stormkaap - I would have great difficulty keeping to a 50km/h speed limit. There are other reasons that cause drivers to have road rage. My great gripe is when you have people driving in the fast lane and not wanting to give way the faster vehicles. Whatever happened to 'keep left, pass right'?


Others welcomed the proposal stating that it would force drivers to change driving habits for the better.

Wesley.bischoff - A reduction in speed probably won't do much. People's driving HABITS need to change. Those people that jump red lights, stop signs, drive recklessly and without regard to other drivers, and people that talk/text on the phone while driving. If a person is texting while driving, then going 10km/h slower isn't going to make much of a difference.

Jocelia.petrick - Idiots! Speed is not the problem! Drunk drivers, drugged drivers and people not obeying the rules are the biggest problem. They are soooo narrow-minded! Idiots!

Some readers believed better enforcement of current laws was needed and that the lower limits would just be cash cows.

Ggjfnicholson - I really want to see all these changes enforced. They have to change all the speed limit signs, and still inform every driver in Cape Town of the changes. This also means every single taxi will be stopped and checked (what are the chances?). Money making scheme.

Barryboots - Don't change the rules, get off your fat bums and enforce the laws that are in place.

Moving violations, not stopping at a stop street, going through a traffic light when red, drunken driving, using cell phones when driving get the hoards of unlicensed drivers off the roads.

Changing the rules is the lazy way to say you are doing something = COP OUT by the SLAAPSTAD authorities.

Minxang.wang - The problem is enforcement and visibility of traffic officers and not speed. The city wants more revenue from fines.

Roarscurrin - This just means more people will be "speeding" in the laws eyes cause no one is going to drop their speeds for this. They need to get rid of corrupt cops and start in forcing the laws that they have instead of just changing them. Laziness in the paperwork department is to blame, and corruption!

pgkrause - Do you honestly think that reducing the speed limit by 10km/h is going to have any noticeable influence on the number of accidents on our roads?? And do you seriously consider the current speed limits to be excessive?? If not, than you're nothing but an attention seeking

Are Capetonians asleep behind the wheel? The article sparked debate amongst readers from the Western Cape and Gauteng:

Aaron.radebe.1 - Seriously? Capetonians already waft around at 60km/h on 120km/h highways. Why on earth must we drive even slower there? If there was one city in SA where I'd definitely say speeding was the least of the problems it would be Slaapstad. And, by the way, how much will it cost to change every single speed limit sign in the province?

- Aaron. you know i have been a Capetonian my whole life, nowadays i see more and more GP no plates in and around Cape town,now when you talk about slow,on the wrong side of the road,driving slow in the fast lane etc, it is the GP CARS.

The public is encouraged to submit written or e-mail comments on the bill before September 20, 2012.

Postal address:
Attention Mr M L Watters
Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works
Box 2603
Cape Town
Fax to 021 483 2166

Share your views on the proposed bill in our Readers' Comments below or e-mail us and you could have your thoughts published on Wheels24.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-09-05 09:47

    60km/h and 120km/h are not the problem, but some of them are driving faster than we are, they should pay fines. 60km/h is a bit slow, its like bicycle. We should drive a bit faster to save our time and avoid sleepy. Most of them are sleepy because of speed limit. 60km/h is safe as well. Why should they change the speed limit reduced by 10km/h and waste our time driving?

  • andrew.niedermeyer.1 - 2012-09-05 09:54

    Enforce the current Laws first................ until then this is just another cash cow.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-09-05 10:20

      lol, I had that exact same words in my mind. If the current speed limits are properly enforced and there is still such a high accident rate then yeah, we need to look at an alternative plan.

  • stfrancisbay - 2012-09-05 10:18

    With the fuel price and general state of roads in this country speed limits have already been reduced!

  • John - 2012-09-05 10:29

    Introduce traffic rules & competence at school. Revamp the waste of time 'life skills' classes and get a BEE company to teach kids how to drive. Ethics, the whole shebang. This will reduce the issues on the roads. Use the schools to get leaner/driver licenses. This will reduce the strain on Enatis or whatever is used, and the long queues. And while we're at it, use life skills classes to educate the kids about basic financials.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-05 10:37

    An idiot behind the wheel remains exactly that - at 50, 60 or 160. Or is this only a ploy to generate more revenue from traffic fines?

  • pmarthenuissen - 2012-09-05 11:10

    Yikes! Does that mean I need to rise an hour earlier to reach my destination? Oh well, at least I at this speed I'll be able to hear the birds tweet!

  • anja.breidenbach - 2012-09-05 11:46

    Let’s look on the bright side. If this is implemented … and enforced … the Traffic Department can trade in its vehicles for scooters to (a) help fund the cost of the new signage (b) keep up with felons on the road and (c) provide comic relief to law-abiding drivers whose frustration levels will hit danger levels.

  • leigh.johannes - 2012-09-05 13:19

    I got no problem with driving 60 or 50, but i think we have much more pressing issues in this country. Think of how much 60 and 120 board signs would need to be changed. So if it aint broke then it dont need no fixing

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-05 14:40

    In Europe it is all over 50 KM/HR in the towns but I think a so called traffic police will be even more in the bush and try to create more revenue for City of Cape Town. Speed is not really the issue, why don't pull off the road unroadworthy cars,taxis, heavy vehicles ?

  • AlliedeRoock - 2012-09-06 12:59

    Just another money-making racket over and above the high fuel price!! Speed does not kill. Does water kill? Only when you can't swim. People are the culprits. Overloaded taxis and vehicles not roadworthy are death traps. Incorrect tyres (not approved for SA conditions) and incorrect tyre pressures on taxis are very dangerous. Drunk drivers and drunk pedestrians are a huge problem. Motorists who text and talk (without a hands-free kit/Bluetooth) on their mobile phones while driving are a huge problem. Motorists not using their indicators and dozing in the right lane doing 90km/h are a problem. The K53 driving test must be altered to include proper driver training showing what to do in an emergency situation - emergency braking and steering!

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