South Africans say no to proposal of retesting drivers every 5 years

South Africans say no to proposal of retesting drivers every 5 years

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is reportedly proposing several changes to driving laws in order to curb road accidents.

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Among the proposals are revising the K53 learner's licence and retesting drivers every five years when they renew their licenses.

RTMC also wants novice drivers to be accompanied by experienced drivers for the first six months they drive.

However, the majority of South Africans on social media seem opposed to these proposals. Here's what readers had to say.

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Several readers felt the problem lies elsewhere. For instance, they felt that drivers know road rules but simply ignore them.

Some lay the blame on corruption among some traffic police officers and licensing officials.

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Others thought that minibus taxi drivers who drive recklessly or under the influence of alcohol are squarely to blame.

For some readers, retesting drivers is just another way for government to "rob" the poor of their hard-earned money.

Some commenters wondered how retesting will be done when there is already a backlog of new licences.

However, there was a smattering of support for the retesting proposal.

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