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.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675