The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, July 26, 1966 — The South African equiv­a­lent of Rhode­sia’s Roads and Road Traf­fic Act was at the High Court, Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day de­scribed by the Chief Jus­tice, Sir Hugh Bea­dle, as the “more rea­son­able’’ of the two coun­tries’ road Acts.

Sir Hugh, who sat with Jus­tice H McDon­ald, the Judge of Ap­peal, was sum­ming up in a case in which Alo Ndhlovu ap­pealed against con­vic­tion and a fine of £24 for three counts un­der the Roads and Road Traf­fic Act. The fine was re­duced to £10. It was re­called that, af­ter his mo­tor ve­hi­cle had been or­dered off the road for hav­ing no rear view mir­ror and hav­ing an in­ef­fec­tive hand brake, Ndhlovu had been sub­se­quently granted per­mis­sion by the ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor to take the ve­hi­cle away for re­pairs.

Ndhlovu, who con­ducted his own de­fence, told the court that the ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor had agreed that he drive the ve­hi­cle pro­vided it was in­sured.

He had taken the ve­hi­cle to a garage and had been told to re­turn the fol­low­ing day.

On his way back he had been stopped and charged with driv­ing the car while it was banned from the roads.

He said un­der the South African Roads and Road Traf­fic Or­di­nance an owner is al­lowed to drive the ve­hi­cle away for the ex­press pur­pose of tak­ing it to a garage and back to the ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor’s de­pot.

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