Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said it has suspended 5 349 vehicles and impounded another 2133 since the start of the festive season.
Between 23- to 27 December alone, RTMC suspended 871 motor vehicles and impounded 154.
As learnt, the vehicles were suspended and impounded for being unroadworthy. RTMC said the vehicles may not get to operate on public roads again until all the identified defects have been fixed.
Simon Zwane, RTMC spokesperson related that “the act of discontinuing a motor vehicle involves the removal and destruction of its licence disc or roadworthy certificate disc and issuing a notice directing that the motor vehicle shall not be operated on a public road.
“The notice stipulates conditions on which such a vehicle may be operated on a public road,” Zwane added.
He buttressed that the vehicles involved must be taken to a testing station to be examined and passed as roadworthy before it can be operated on public road again.
“Impounded vehicles are to be kept at state-owned facilities until all conditions giving rise to the impoundment have been met,” stated the RTMC spokesperson.
With that, Zwane urged motorists to avoid inconvenience by ensuring that their vehicles are in a roadworthy state before embarking on their journeys.
Also, he advised motorists to avoid excessive overloading of goods warning that it can lead to the impoundment of motor vehicles
He said: “tyres, wipers, brakes and steering column must be in a proper and functioning state. Windscreens must be free of major cracks and the car should not emit excessive smoke.”
Recently, South Africa’s Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters urged the public to be more vigilant at SA roads as she divulged that a total of 845 fatalities have been recorded on South African roads in just 19 days, of this festive season.
According to the Minister, the 845 fatalities was recorded between 1st to 19th December.