No ac­tion so driv­ers do as they please

The Mercury - - OPINION -

IN HILLCREST I have no­ticed a trend of ve­hi­cles not dis­play­ing num­ber plates ei­ther front, back or in­side.

They ap­pear to ride around with im­punity.

On a re­cent trip to Jo­han­nes­burg, sig­nage on the N3 toll route dis­played the fol­low­ing: “No num­ber plates means jail time.” Well, I would guess that 10% of ve­hi­cles on the 500km jour­ney and back had no num­ber plates.

What is more, I passed traf­fic po­lice on no less than 10 dif­fer­ent spots ei­ther trap­ping or parked on the road­side.

The un­marked ve­hi­cles were, to my knowl­edge, not stopped and were trav­el­ling at a guessti­mate of more than 160km/h.

My ques­tion is: Why dis­play the “jail time” sign and then let the un­marked cars get away with break­ing the law?

It seems ap­par­ent that South Africa has a large de­gree of the Wild West at­ti­tude in that “I can do as I please and no one can stop me”.


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