Traffic regulation enforcement is not a business function

Dr Neil Campbell MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, should ensure that the traffic management framework laid out by government is enacted, not by business as he claims, but by the department in charge of these functions.

MEC Vadi is quoted in the Sunday Times alluding to the fact that business should essentially self-regulate and enforce compliance upon itself.

Compliance with the rule of law is vital to road safety and efficient, functioning transport networks.

While the MEC rightly points out that law enforcement falls under the Department of Community Safety, compliance – a vital aspect of road safety, falls within the scope of his department.

South Africa has one of the highest axle weight allowances in the world – an exceptionally dangerous allowance given that weigh bridges in the province do not work, and when they do, effective compliance is not instituted.

The MEC can do more.

Awareness campaigns can be initiated to ensure that there are better drivers on the province’s roads, and more frequent evaluations on vehicles can be conducted to ensure roadworthiness.

The DA is of the opinion that moving all road related competencies, such as fines and law enforcement, back in to the fold of the
Department of Roads and Transport will go a long way to rectify the dire situation on the province’s roads.

If the MEC pushes for this move, the DA will back him. Leave business to do business, and ensure the functions of government fall in the right place, so that it too can conduct its affairs effectively.