Use points system to dock errant drivers
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