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MEC: Jail for blue-light bullies

2013-06-24 13:00

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape minister of transport and public works Robin Carlisle has called for an end to the road abuse of the uber-arrogant “blue light brigade” and the ministers/VIP's who make use of them.

Their conditions for use - and the penalties for breaking those conditions - are set out in just-released draft regulations.

In the past we've seen blue-light cars show total disdain for the law while their driving is a threat to the safety of other road users.

'WE'VE SEEN THE ABUSE'

Draft regulations will now restrict, in the Western Cape, at least, the “Use of Lamps Emitting a Blue Light and the Use of Sirens”. Unless there is a general emergency or the VIP or other self-important panjandrum being hauled is in personal danger.

Section two of the draft regulation states "a person may not operate or instruct any other person to operate –
a) A motor vehicle in which an office bearer or VIP is being transported; or
b) A motor vehicle escorting or accompanying a motor vehicle referred to in (a), on a public road while –
(i) An intermittently flashing blue light is being emitted from a lamp fitted to that motor vehicle; or
(ii) A siren fitted to that motor vehicle is being used, unless there is an imminent identified threat regarding the safety or life of the office bearer or VIP, or there is a threat of damage to the property of the office bearer or VI
P.

Carlisle said: “This regulation is in line with the National Road Traffic Act, enabling office bearers and VIPs to make use of vehicles fitted with blue lights and sirens.

"We have seen the abuse of blue-light vehicles by said office bearers and VIPs in the past, tantamount to a disregard for the rule of law and a threat to the safety of other road users. As per the draft regulations, office bearers and VIP's may not use blue lights or sirens on their vehicles or vehicles escorting them unless the situation is an emergency.
 
“Failure to comply with this regulation would result in the office bearer or VIP being subject to a fine or imprisonment. We cannot continue to have the safety of other road users threatened by the use of blue lights and sirens in non-emergency situations.”

OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The regulations are open for public comment for a period of 30 days. Make sure you make your views known...

Members of the public can email their submissions or post them to:

Head of the department
Attention: Malcolm Watters
Western Cape department of transport and public works
Box 2603
CAPE TOWN
8000
 
...or fax comments to 021 483 2166

Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24 as well - but if you have time enough to write to us, then make time to make your views official by doing the above. Or stop bitching about the BLB fools.

Comments
  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-06-24 09:39

    Its about time...

      Rupesh Hari - 2013-06-24 14:31

      who is this Robin Carlisle. I want to marry him/her. Finally, someone doing what they are supposed to. Thanks Robin. This is why I will vote for DA in WC (but Agang nationally).

  • Jared Drake - 2013-06-24 11:26

    Stupid people uses blue lights or yellow lights behind where i was driving..

  • Mapo-popsy Mphandy - 2013-06-24 13:08

    yap,they deserve jail time.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-24 13:10

    I em late fo mu showe'er

  • Olebogeng Tom - 2013-06-24 13:18

    My friend used blue lights and siren on his police vehicle just because her girlfriend was late to take plane to Johannesburg from Milnerton till at the airport, skipping red robots all the way

  • Tim Norris - 2013-06-24 13:22

    Make sure that this covers VVIPs, VVVIPs and any other abbreviation that the fatcats use

  • Freddie Miller - 2013-06-24 13:38

    We need this legislation to be passed nationally.

  • Alec Stafford - 2013-06-24 13:44

    Nothing will happen to them. Who is going to report the abuse? Unless all South Africans step up and report potential abuse so that an investigation can take place, this regulation won't be worth the paper it is written on!

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-06-24 13:44

    Generally if i find myself on right hand lane and there is faster car behind me i move with no protest no complaint. Even if he is doing >120kph. If a blue light behind me i move again. Not protest. Ambulance or other emergency vehicle i move. Some ppl find this an opportunity to protest at being overtaken as if it diminishes their person or member. So the huge issue at this i can never understand coz i dont care where that blue light or emergency vehicle is travelling to who its carrying or whatever. Even if a tazz comes up on highway doing 160kph i move.

      Mohamed Ally - 2013-06-24 14:28

      I am with you on this one Bro. I too have a heavy right foot but even if "cocks in a BMW" ( top Gear) Reels me in, I move over. You never no whats going on in their life in that moment could be family emergency etc or just a guy looking for a fight. Remember KEEP LEFT PASS RIGHT

  • Henry Ganewe - 2013-06-24 13:44

    As long as the countrys law's are transparent to anyone irrispective of occopation or office then it will work

  • Mpho Moruthane - 2013-06-24 13:58

    it would be perfect for Jozi

  • Phillys Winterbottom - 2013-06-24 13:59

    be aware Mr Carlisle that the zupta cANCer gods will deliberately challenge your new laws as they have become soooo arrogant with all their "powa" and weel not be told how to do things in "their" country.

      Patrick Sipho Gumede - 2013-06-24 15:44

      By reading this comment, it's clearly shows that some people have not accepted change in this country and that they will never be in power again, who are this so called cANCer's, this clearly refers to ANC members, like it or not ANC will rule till Jesus comes

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-06-24 14:07

    From the President down,no one is important enough to have use of the blue-light brigade.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-06-24 14:10

    I'm thinking of adding some kind of light to my little car as well. Then I might also get a open fly away passage on the freeway just as construction vehicles, the blue lights, the towtruck and whoever fancies to switch on the light just for the fun of it ot get quicker from point A to B. Note: It's not just the blue lights.

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-06-24 14:23

    What happened to my honest opinion about no-one from the President down should be using blue lights to get wherever they are going because none of them are important.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-06-24 14:43

    It's still here. N24 is a bit S-L-O-W sometimes. Or they just simply delete comments they don't agree with. Been there, done that. They don't like my guts, lol!

  • Marco Engelbrecht - 2013-06-24 15:02

    Wel this is good news. I'm a law abiding citizen who pays my taxes... the taxes that supports the cANCer idiot's lavish lifestyle. In my opinion that makes me a VIP! Without my tax they will actually need to go and get a job and work for their money. Where can I get some blue lights for my car?

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-06-24 15:30

      They couldn't get a job Marco.

      Patrick Sipho Gumede - 2013-06-24 15:33

      To me, the way you call other people“cANCer shows something else, it actually to me give a sense that you calling ANC members as idiots, well I have news for you, you are a serious, unthinkable IDIOT

  • Piero Mendace - 2013-06-24 16:43

    No Patrick we don't except crooks and opportunists. Unfortunately most of the elected government don't have a clue. Be careful you may get what you hope for. Blind leading the blind..

  • Piero Mendace - 2013-06-24 16:45

    Actually Patrick facts speak for themselves, the reality is that only fools can keep doing the same thing expecting a better result. So, no I think majority are Nieve, maybe not fools. Nieve, very definitely.

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-25 12:48

    I really always thought that this is what the law said anyway.

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