Hanging onto moving traffic a serious offense

02 Nov 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOVEMBER (NAMPA) – The City Police has warned the public against the practice of hanging onto moving traffic, after a picture of two high school learners hanging onto the back of a moving truck surfaced last week, calling the act both dangerous and illegal.
The picture which was shared on various social media platforms, depicted two high school boys hanging onto the back of a moving truck, seemingly catching a lift without the driver’s consent.
City Police spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent, Cillie Auala told Nampa last week Friday that this is a serious offense and a prohibited action according to road and transport regulations.
According to Auala, these regulations state that a person may not enter or alight any vehicle on a public road unless the vehicle is stationary or unless he or she can do so without endangering himself or other road users.
“The passenger may be issued with a fine of N.dollars 750 or the driver with a fine of N.dollars 500,” said Auala.
She further mentioned that although the City Police never received any complaints about such incidents in the past, they may be happening and traffic officers operating in these areas will be vigilant for such actions.
According to road users, these incidents occur frequently on the Brug an Otjomuise, Otjomuise, Wendy Street and the Moses Garoeb roads in Khomasdal between 13h00 and 14h00 on weekdays.