Zululand Observer - Weekender

New RTI commanders fill vacant positions

- 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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