Unmarked traffic vehicles will be deployed on Gauteng roads to identify motorists who engage in reckless and negligent behaviour.
The bad driving these undercover cops will be clamping down on are driving on yellow lanes‚ overtaking on barriers lines and showing disregard for the rules of the road‚ Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesman Simon Zwane said.
Law enforcement authorities are operating in an integrated manner during a campaign that started this month to lower the number of road accidents‚ combining metro police‚ provincial and national traffic police as well as the South African Police Service.
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Top 3 bad driving habits on our roads
Failure to wear seatbelts is the most common offence that motorists in Gauteng commit on a daily basis.
Driving without proper documentation and reckless driving complete the triumvirate of bad habits.
This has become evident from traffic fines issued by traffic authorities since the start of Operation Ke Molao (it’s the law) last Friday (13 May 2016).
A total of 903 drivers have been given fines and notices for these offences since the start of the operation‚ according to Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesman Simon Zwane.
The campaign has been initiated to improve driver behaviour‚ reduce crashes and remove un-roadworthy vehicles public roads. “Authorities have committed that they will continue the drive until they see a remarkable improvement in the behaviour of all motorists including taxi drivers‚” Zwane said.
Other driver offences include using cellphones while driving while vehicles are being checked for defects including smooth tyres‚ defective lamps and wipers.
Taxis are also being impounded because they are unlicensed vehicles or the drivers are failing to display number plates.
All outstanding fines on the impounded vehicles must be paid before the vehicles will be released‚ Zwane said.
“Investigations are also being conducted on the vehicles to establish‚ among others‚ if the vehicles were involved in the commission of crime or were involved in crashes for which the drivers were not held accountable.
“The exercise also seeks to identify habitual offenders and to bring them to book.”
Motorists will also find they cannot ignore their traffic fines — the South African Post Office Group has launched an electronic system that will result in registered mail notifications being sent to e-mail addresses – with an audit trail to show it has been received.
The new system will notify the sender of the registered mail when the post was delivered and when it was read.
This means debt collectors or road traffic police units will be able to use the system to figure out whether householders or business representatives have received their mail and use the information in a court of law.
A five-year statistical analysis by the RTMC has shown that crashes tend to increase in the month of May‚ most of which happen on weekends.
There are nearly 240‚000 unroadworthy vehicles on Gauteng roads‚ according to Zwane.