South Africa Transport Dept On High Alert During Festive Season

Published on : Friday, December 23, 2016

download-5In order to protect and serve all road users, the South African Department of Transport and agencies under it will be on high alert during the festive season, says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.


The festive period is generally characterised by high traffic volumes on different routes of South Africa, with fatalities over this time remaining unacceptably high.


Stressing that the department had already commenced with its road safety activation, which will continue into January 2017, she said Tuesday, “I am appealing to all South Africans to note that those who drink and drive, speed, are negligent and transgress the National Traffic Act and Traffic Regulations will be punished.


“Let us respect each other on the road and be responsible road users. Remember the roads are a shared space.”


Apart from the national industry shutdown and school holidays, the period is also characterised by religious pilgrimages and mass events. The risk is higher this year because of the Christmas break from the Dec 23 to 27, including the New Year’s Eve weekend.


Meanwhile, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has warned taxpayers and corporate organizations to be on the lookout for scams and fraudulent activities over the festive period.

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