Pretoria - Unroadworthy vehicles found on Pretoria roads during the Easter period will be immediately diverted to traffic testing centres for thorough examinations, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on Thursday.
“If a vehicle fails the tests, it will not be allowed to continue on its journey. That is a major innovation because previously there would be a traffic sanction and they were allowed to proceed,” he told reporters at a traffic inspection blitz on the N1 freeway towards Limpopo.
“We should all admit that those are moving coffins. We will only learn much later that the people in those cars were involved in fatal accidents. This time they will be stopped from their journeys unless our testing centres confirm their fitness to be on the road.”
He said the city’s vehicle testing stations will be operational for 24 hours during the Easter weekend. Ramokgopa also said the city is also clamping down on pedestrians who cross the hazardous freeways.
“Pedestrians are not allowed to be loitering on major road corridors. A bus is being arranged that is going to sweep all the major corridors. The people will be taken to the courts of law because they are not permitted to be there,” said Ramokgopa.