New RTI com­man­ders fill va­cant po­si­tions

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

AHEAD of the fes­tive sea­son, the KZN De­part­ment of Trans­port has de­ployed new com­man­ders at Road Traf­fic In­spec­torate (RTI) sta­tions in Mtu­batuba and Ulundi.

The de­part­ment, which also de­ployed com­man­ders at Umd­loti, Grey­town and Mid­way, said this is to en­sure sta­bil­ity at the sta­tions ahead of the busiest sea­son on the roads.

The posts at the sta­tions had been va­cant over a pe­riod of time and the pro­mo­tion of these Chief Pro­vin­cial In­spec­tors is said to en­sure ef­fec­tive man­age­ment and ser­vice de­liv­ery

‘Their ap­point­ment will en­sure that the sta­tions have proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ac­count­abil­ity which will help to achieve bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery to in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers.

‘We are adamant that once they have set­tled in their re­spec­tive sta­tions ac­ci­dents on our roads will be re­duced even fur­ther than the 1.2% that we com­mit­ted to dur­ing the pe­riod of Fe­bru­ary to June this year.

‘I would like to con­grat­u­late them and wish them well in their sta­tions, which I hope they will take to greater heights,’ said RTI Act­ing Di­rec­tor, Bert Davis.

Launch­ing Trans­port Month at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda an­nounced that there was a de­crease of 1,2% in road fa­tal­i­ties be­tween Fe­bru­ary and June this year.

He also set a tar­get of 5% for the be­gin­ning of the fes­tive sea­son.

Kaunda also made a call to all mo­torists to ad­here to road rules par­tic­u­larly as the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches.

‘Since Oc­to­ber is trans­port month, I have in­structed all traf­fic of­fi­cers to con­duct law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions 24/7 on all ma­jor roads in the prov­ince so that we can save lives,’ Kaunda said.

He said law en­forcers must deal harshly with those who con­tinue to dis­re­gard the rules of the road.

‘They must pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing, speed­ing, un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles as well as drink­ing and driv­ing,’ the MEC said.

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