Since the start of the festive season on Dec 1, traffic law enforcement officers have suspended 5,349 vehicles from South Africa's roads, while another 2133 were impounded.
Over the Christmas long weekend alone, from Dec 23 to 27, they suspended 871 motor vehicles and impounded 154, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said here Thursday, adding that the vehicles were discontinued or suspended for being not roadworthy until all the identified defects had been fixed.
RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said that for the vehicle to use public roads again, it must be taken to a testing station to be examined and passed as roadworthy before it can be operated.
Zwane advised motorists to avoid inconvenience by ensuring that their vehicles are in a roadworthy state before embarking on their journeys at the end of the holidays.
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, said Zwane.
Motorists are further advised to avoid excessive overloading of goods as this may lead to the impoundment of motor vehicles.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK