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Thousands busted for speeding, overloading and driving without licences or permits

APRIL 18, 2017
Thousands busted for speeding, overloading and driving without licences or permits

Speeding, overloading and driving without licences or permits are major concerns for the Road Traffic Management Corporation after thousands were busted for these offences over Easter weekend.

"An analysis of law enforcement statistics show that speeding, overloading of goods and driving without driver’s licences or public driver’s permits were major offences during this period.

A total of 4 605 drivers were caught for speeding, 430 for overloading of goods and 1 907 for driving without driver’s licences and public driver’s permits," said the RTMC in a statement.

It said that driving vehicles, which are not roadworthy was another contributory factor to crashes and fatalities. As many as 1 000 fines were issued for vehicles with smooth tyres while 845 fines were for faulty lights.

As the Easter holiday period drew to a close, the RTMC said law enforcement operations would remain in place until all travellers have reached their homes safely ahead of the reopening of schools.

A total of 18 819 traffic officers were deployed on South Africa's roads for the Easter weekend, particularly on hazardous routes to ensure the safety of road users.

National and major provincial routes and corridors, which were intensely monitored based on the previous year’s major crashes’ statistics were:

  • R573 (Moloto Road)
  • N1 (Laingsburg – Cape Town)
  • N1 (Tshwane – Polokwane)
  • N1 (Johannesburg – Bloemfontein)
  • N2 (Mthatha – Port Elizabeth)
  • N3 (Johannesburg – Durban)
  • N4 (Tshwane – Lebombo border)
  • N5 (Winburg – Harrismith)
  • N6 (Bloemfontein – East London)
  • N14 (Klerksdorp – Kimberly)
  • N11 (Middleburg – Groblersdal)
  • N12 (Klerksdorp – Wolmaranstad)
  • R61 (Beaufort west – Mthatha)
  • R30 (Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp)
  • R80 (Mabobane – Tswhane)
  • R378 (Vryburg)
  • R101 (Hammanskraal – Polokwane), alternative route to N1