Advanced spikes not the solution

EDITOR — The recent announcement by Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni in Senate last week that police will use an advanced spike system will not solve the problems that we have on our roads.

There is no need to go to town about such a system which only works for those vehicles that may not have paid their licence. 

Licensing is not the only crime committed by motorists. The minister seems ill-informed here.

When the police throw spikes, most of the time it is not about licensing. It maybe dropping or picking passengers at undesignated points, wrong parking, passing through red robots, driving unroadworthy vehicle, refusal by the driver to pay a bribe etc.

So as long as this so-called advanced system does not deal with all this, we are going nowhere. Besides, Zinara established a new computerised system that detects  motorists who have not paid for vehicle licences at roadblocks and toll gates long back but we haven’t seen any of those mobile kombis with such a system on our roads.



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