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The summer holidays threaten to be drier than before if new legislation is implemented, as planned.
The national transport department gazetted draft amendments to the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill in July, and chief among its provisions is one for the maximum blood alcohol level to drop from 0.05g/100ml to 0.02g/100ml.
For professional drivers, the current limit of 0.02g/100ml would drop to zero - in other words a complete ban on booze for those drivers.
The deadline for public comment on the amendments is August 18.
Provincial transport MEC Robin Carlisle said they had since received an objection to the amendment from the provincial directorate of public prosecutions. His office had been asked to formally pass on the DPP’s concerns.
Carlisle said his department, too, would object. - Cape Argus