25 Nov 2013 07:50am
OUTAPI, 25 NOV (NAMPA) The Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva has called on road users to be vigilant when driving on public roads as Namibian enters the festive season.
Nguvauva made the call at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday, where he officially inaugurated the new Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS) one-stop centre.
The centre was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 19 million.
The Works and Transport Deputy Minister said he wants to see all road users exercising patience, obeying traffic rules and avoiding fatigue. He added that he wants offences such as use of the road in an inconsiderate manner, speeding, overloading and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs to be avoided at all costs.
I would further like to use this platform to appeal to all traffic law enforcement agencies to be visible on the road continuously throughout this period, to do constant patrols, and to bring to book those who are reckless on our roads, Nguvauva stated.
The deputy minister went on to say reckless drivers take dangerous chances and have little fear of being caught when they see that traffic law enforcement agencies are not constantly visible on the roads.
I want to direct law enforcement officers to enforce the prescribed standards on the road with zero tolerance, he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, chairperson of the Roads Authority (RA) Board of Directors, Hileni Kaifanua said the RA is facing a high demand for NaTIS services countrywide.
She also called on members of the public to alert the RA without delay should they come across suspected criminal activity taking place at NaTIS centres.
The opening of the new centre means people from the Omusati Region will no longer have to travel to Ongwediva for NaTIS services. It also means the pressure on the centre at Ongwediva will be alleviated.
NaTIS centres have also been established at Rundu in the Kavango Region, Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region, Rehoboth in the Hardap Region and Lüderitz in the //Karas Region in recent years.