MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Long-term Strategy for Reduction in Road Accidents is Imperative

01 October 2013

 

As we mark Transport month, the IFP calls on the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, to come up with long-term strategies to reduce the high number of vehicle accidents on our roads. 

 

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole, MP, said, “The answer to our road safety challenges requires an all-year round plan comprising of the sustained efforts of government, private sector and civil society. We call for drastic intervention by government in order to ensure a significant reduction in road accidents. The Decade of Action was launched in 2011, and since then no real projects other than enforcement have been implemented. Real action to curb the road carnage is impossible when there is no comprehensive strategy. This is a calamity that must be arrested post haste as it threatens to wipe out communities.” 

 

Sithole further stated that, "We propose that the reforms must result in adequate controls being put into place making the ‘purchase’ of drivers’ licences and issuance of road-worthy certificates of defective vehicles impossible. It must further be mandatory for all drivers to be re-tested – both in the theory and practice of driving, and there should be National Awards for voluntary organizations/individuals for outstanding work in the field of road safety.” 

 

The IFP further calls on the Minister of Transport to consider the importance of having a periodical review of accident statistics which must also be made public in order to understand the impact of actions taken and the corrective steps that should be taken, based on these reviews. In addition, road safety issues on social networking sites should also be promoted.

 

Drivers must adopt a responsible attitude and a have a competent level of driving skills before being allowed on our roads.

 

  

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995 

 

Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675