Municipality bans blue lights
KWADUKUZA councillors have been warned against using blue lights to speed through traffic, or risk facing arrest. ‘Only a vehicle operated by a traffic officer, police officer or a member of the defence force in the execution of his or her duties may be fitted with or have a blue light and may exceed the speed limit.’ This is according to a document recently presented to council at the Kwa Dukuza Municipality. According to the Road Traffic Act, mayors, councillors and officials are not allowed to make use of an emergency light or exceed the speed limit. This means that all local government officials must abide by the same road traffic rules as every other motorist. The Road Traffic Act allows only for the premier, MECs, the speaker of the provincial legislature and the president to have blue lights fitted to their vehicles. This warning comes after some members of the council were seen making use of blue lights to speed through traffic. ‘The police make use of this light, along with sirens, to get through traffic in case of an emergency. This should not be abused,’ said Umhlali SAPS Captain Vinny Pillay. In a time when many local government officials use the blue emergency light to escort them, this enforcement of the Road Traffic Act pulls the province closer in line with others that have banned the ‘blue light brigade’ phenomenon outright.