Time to revoke driving licences: Nekundi

11 Apr 2019 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The time has come to revoke driver licences when they prove unfit or reckless on the road, Public Enterprises Deputy Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) Veikko Nekundi said on Wednesday.
Nekundi suggested that if drivers are found to be reckless or a danger to society, their licences should be revoked and drivers should be reassessed to reclaim it.
This was in response to a motion made in the National Assembly by Swapo backbencher Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, which seeks to improve road safety and reduce accident rates.
Another suggestion he made was that the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) make it mandatory for all cars to be equipped with fire extinguishers and dashboard cameras to record reckless driving, which could be submitted to the traffic department.
“There are fire extinguisher balls that if the car catches fire it extinguishes the fire. Why can the NRSC together with Roads Authority not mandate that every car must have those balls,” Nekundi explained.
Late last year, Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa said deaths due to road traffic accidents reached 3,76 per cent of the country’s total deaths while the country is ranked 45th globally in terms of road fatalities.
Nekundi further queried whether the NRSC is held accountable for the implementations brought forth from Parliament.
“In the first instance, they are supposed to be asked since its establishment to date with that function,” emphasised Nekundi.
The National Road Safety Council of Namibia was established in 1996 as an Act of Parliament in Section 2 of the National Road Safety Act, Act 9 of 1972.
It is mandated to assist the minister in coordinating accident and injury prevention measures as well as ensure the safety of all road users and take necessary preventative measures to avoid traffic deaths and injuries.
The MP noted that motions made in Parliament should be taken seriously.
“Are we serious with what we are doing when we are discussing important motions of this nature? A number of similar motions were presented, discussed, sent to committees, brought back and nothing is done,” an irate Nekundi said.
He said: “We cannot waste time, keep on discussing important issues, finding solutions and send to institutions which [fail] to implement the conditions of such deliberations and we continue only when 5 000 more people die with a number of motions and implementations.”