Reducing road fatalities

Reducing road fatalities

Between December 2015 and January 2016,

Gauteng recorded the second highest number of road fatalities.

There were 271 deaths on the province’s roads, second only to the 301 in KwaZuluNatal.

MEC Vadi says the number of deaths on the province’s roads is of major concern for him and the department.

“I’m very concerned about the recklessness on our roads and I don’t think it’s an engineering problem or a construction problem, the real issue is driver behaviour.

“Our drivers are too reckless on our roads and some of the recent studies have found that South African drivers are the worst.”

The study was conducted by tyre company Goodyear and was done 15 countries, both the developing and developed.

He condemned drivers who use their cellphones while driving, disregard red robots and do not stop at stop signs.

“These are behavioural patterns and what they require is greater awareness, enforcement and education.

At the end of the day, people have to take responsibility.”

The department will continue to run road safety campaigns throughout the year.

MEC Vadi also believes the key to better road behaviour is entrenching it from an early age, by teaching the importance of road safety from primary school level.

“Maybe the answer lies in introducing road safety programmes in primary schools and high schools.”

He adds that his department, together with the Department of Basic Education, Reducing road fatalities Reducing road fatalities

is exploring the possibility of introducing a learner’s license test at both Grade 11 and 12 levels.

Working with the taxi industry Over the years, the taxi industry and government have clashed over numerous issues.

Among these was the introduction of the Rea Vaya buses on certain routes linking the Johannesburg city centre with surrounding townships.

MEC Vadi says he hopes the clashes will be a thing of the past as a result of an agreement between the taxi industry and the City of Johannesburg.

Under the agreement, the city will take over certain routes and taxis will no longer operate on these routes.

The city will compensate the owners of the taxis taken off a specific route.

Those involved in the taxi industry are also being given an opportunity to get involved in the running of the BRT system.

“If you want to introduce a BRT system on a particular route, you need the taxi operators to get involved.

From there, you scrap the taxi running on those routes and for that you bring the operators into the running of the system.

“In this way they become co-directors and they manage the new system. Instead of having 200 taxis running on that route, you will have 30 buses and you pay the operators and bring them into the bus operation.

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