NamPol concerned with arrogant GRN drivers

22 Dec 2016 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) is concerned that some government vehicles do not to stop at roadblocks for inspection.
NamPol Deputy Commissioner, Ralph Ludwig said GRN-registered vehicles also fall under the Road Traffic and Transport Act No.22 of 1999 that lists regulations for all vehicles on national roads.
Ludwig was speaking during a media conference with Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb here on Thursday.
“At times we just want to see who the driver is of the vehicle but now they do not even stop and greet,” said Ludwig.
He said government vehicles may only pass through a roadblock without stopping when led by a motorcade, adding that every road block has a Very Important Persons (VIP) lane for government vehicles transporting a minister or other State officials.
In an interview with Nampa the same day, he said not all drivers of State-owned vehicles display such arrogant behaviour.
In cases where a government vehicle is caught up in an offence, they take down the vehicle registration and any other particulars of the vehicle and forward it to the VIP Protection Directorate that deals with these vehicles.
Ludwig said NamPol expects this directorate to complete the procedure and take action.
“We then expect them to take further actions from there, either by issuing a warning or withdrawing these drivers.”
Commenting on the issue of misused government vehicles, the minister discouraged such behaviour, adding government will put in place measures to deal with reckless driving.
“Note has been taken and we will definitely introduce measures that would highlight offenders who would probably also be banned in future from using government vehicles.”