Transport minister: Motorists risk losing licences

Motorists risk losing their driving permits in 2011 if they are found guilty of drunk driving, speeding or reckless road offences, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday.

“We want to remind motorists that in addition to a fine and/or imprisonment, the national Road Traffic Act places a duty on courts to suspend or disqualify a driving licence for persons found guilty of drinking and driving, reckless and negligent driving and speeding,” he said in a statement.

“In the case of a first offence for a period of at least six months, a second offence for at least five years, or a third or subsequent offence for at least 10 years.”

Ndebele said the ministry was intensifying its road safety strategy as part of its national campaign.

In the past week, as part of the operation, more than 280 000 vehicles were stopped and checked and thousands of fines issued for offences.

More than 560 motorists were arrested for drunk driving and 50 for speeding.

There was also an increase in tyre and number plate offences, he said.

“We urge road users to ensure vehicle and driver fitness, drive with their head lamps on at all times, go for regular eye tests, wear seatbelts, do not drink and drive, adhere to the prescribed speed limits, and rest or stretch at regular intervals.” – Sapa

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