Mu­nic­i­pal­ity bans blue lights

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

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.

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