The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has come out in support of municipal initiatives to improve compliance, which will see local traffic departments confiscating cell phones, as well as imposing heavy fines on drivers who do not have licenses.
RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said their quest was to decisively deal with lawlessness on the roads and to promote safety.
“We unequivocally and without any reservation support the initiatives taken by certain municipalities to enforce bylaws that seek to promote compliance with the rules of the road and change human behaviour, in particular the confiscation of cellular phones used while driving and the payment of R2 000 fine for the reclaimant of such equipment,” said Msibi.
He emphasised that RTMC also supports the fining of those found to be driving without licences, which could go up to R1 000.
Msibi called upon the justice cluster’s support in the the reclassification of the Criminal Procedure Act, in particular offences relating to drunken driving, speeding, negligent and reckless driving and related offences.
“It is time that we decisively take steps and measures aimed at promoting safety on our roads and preserving lives. The same initiative and vigor should be applied to jaywalking, which has been shown as one of the major causes of crashes and fatalities on the roads,” he urged.