Motorists who are not fit to drive, or who drive unroadworthy vehicles and disregard the rules of the road will soon feel the heat! That was the warning issued by Nelson Mandela Bay’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, when he officially launched the start of Transport Month (October) at a massive road black along Uitenhage Road yesterday morning.
The Executive Mayor joined municipal Traffic Officers in the early morning traffic rush road block, during which a number of cars were stopped and inspected and fines were issued to those who were found to be on the wrong side of the law.
A total of 14 warrants to the value of R9 450 were issued during the official launch of Transport Month yesterday. The Executive Mayor called on all drivers and road users to work towards realising safe roads in Nelson Mandela Bay.
“We are launching Transport Month just a month before the start of our official Summer Season. Transport Month law enforcement and awareness programmes will be used as a build up towards a safe Summer Season. We want Nelson Mandela Bay to be the one of the safest Cities in the 2018 Summer Season. Cooperation with residents and drivers, especially those who deal with public transport, will build a solid foundation to achieve this,” said the Executive Mayor.
Traffic Officers from the Metro conducted strict overall checks of the vehicles pulled off, checking for outstanding fines and warrants, drivers licenses, car roadworthiness and other traffic law related issues.
NMB Traffic and Licensing Superintendent, Livingston Simakuhle, urged motorists to come forward to check their outstanding warrants, as they would be arrested when caught at roadblocks, “The main aim of this initiative was to formerly launch the month of October as Transport Month. We will focus on all modes of transport, including bicycles. We are looking on road safety and whether the motorists are compliant with the rules of the road. Today we checked if the motorists are in possession of the necessary documents, and public transport is roadworthy. It is appaling to find huge numbers of drivers driving without driver’s licenses, as this poses a risk to the general public,” said Simakuhle.
Statistics issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Traffic Department indicate that 17 summonses were issued for unlicensed drivers, 13 summonses were issued for unlicensed motor vehicles, while a total of 7 summonses were issued for vehicles without number plates. One truck was suspended.
These roadblocks will continue across the City for the October month and beyond.
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