Use points sys­tem to dock er­rant drivers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — A few weeks ago I wrote about the ve­hi­cles whose num­ber plates are de­lib­er­ately cov­ered so that po­lice will not be able to see them.

I write again con­cern­ing the same is­sue as the mad­ness is go­ing to claim or in­jure a lot of peo­ple. One evening I saw a kombi turn­ing in front of cars that were pro­ceed­ing straight at a robot and the driver was do­ing this against a red robot.

The Min­istry of Trans­port should ur­gently con­sider what other coun­tries are do­ing. In Aus­tralia ev­ery driver is given some points. Say 12 in a year and ev­ery traf­fic of­fence you com­mit points are de­ducted depend­ing on the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence.

If you ex­haust your points say in five months that means you are pro­hib­ited to drive any ve­hi­cle in that year. You will only be al­lowed to drive again in the fol­low­ing year.

The fines that we pay will never dis­cour­age a kombi or Honda fit driver to ob­serve road rules. But if you know that you will lose your driver’s li­cence you will be forced to do the right thing.

Every­one must go back for re­fresher cour­ses be­cause road traf­fic laws have been chang­ing yet drivers are not mov­ing with times. Yes­ter­year we had very few cars on the roads and peo­ple would drive in a very re­laxed way oc­cu­p­ing the in­ner lane and you are go­ing at a dead slow speed. This frus­trates the fast driver who wants to over­take. The right lane where ever it is, its an over­tak­ing lane and slow mov­ing ve­hi­cles keep to the ex­treme left.

I hope the rel­e­vant min­istry will take ad­vice and save lives on our jun­gle roads. Con­cerned mo­torist, Hill­side, Bu­l­awayo Pianki Keke

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