Motorists urged to be cautious when driving in wet weather

South Africa – Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has advised motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving in rainy conditions .

This as the South African Weather Services has forecast rain in many parts of the country .

Some travellers are expected to start making it back from their holidays and the roads are expected to see a slight increase in traffic volumes from today .

“The RTMC urges motorists to reduce speed, keep a safe following distance, have lights on and avoid crossing flooded bridges .

Motorists must also ensure that vehicles are in a roadworthy state .

Lights, wipers, windscreens, brakes, and tyres must be checked before the start of the journey .

The RTMC said officers will “not hesitate to discontinue or impound vehicles that are not roadworthy” .

More than 1738 vehicles have been discontinued and 3340 impounded since the start of the festive season in December .

More than 4160 motorists have been arrested .

The majority were held for drunken driving while others were detained for producing false documents and driving public transport contrary to operating permits .

“Public transport operators are again reminded that their drivers should have proper documents to drive, and the vehicles are used on permitted routes and are not overloaded .

“Severe consequences will be faced by those found operating contrary to the rules,” said the RTMC .

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