Mbalula vows zero-tolerance drunk-driving law will be passed this year

Mbalula vows zero-tolerance drunk-driving law will be passed this year

- Fikile Mbalula has promised that draft legislation to totally ban alcohol consumption for drivers will be in place by December

- This law effectively seeks to ban citizens from operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor

- The Transport Minister's vow comes shortly after he called for stricter alcohol laws in SA

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised that a zero-tolerance drunk-driving law should be in place by December.

The National Road Traffic Amendment Bill was given the green light by Cabinet earlier this year, aiming to clamp down on road users driving while under the influence.

The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the process but the draft law was released in June and effectively aimed to ban motorists from consuming even the smallest amount of liquor.

While the punishment for breaking this law remains unaltered the legislation specifically targeted reducing the legal limit for drivers.


Mbalula promised that the new law would be in place before the end of the year. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: Twitter

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The Bill's explanatory memorandum, according to Business Insider, revealed that the removal has the effect of introducing 'a total prohibition for the use and consumption of alcohol by all motor vehicle operators on South African public roads'.

Speaking during a media briefing Mbalula explained that the draft law will be submitted to the parliamentary portfolio committee for his department.

The minister expects that the Bill will be passed into law before Parliament is dismissed at the end of 2020:

"It means that by December this year (there must be) no alcohol in your blood (when you drive)"

Earlier, reported that Mbalula had lamented the carnage of the nation's first weekend under Level 2 lockdown restrictions which included the relaxation of the liquor ban.

The minister had called for a permanent tightening of laws in relation to alcohol, adamant that SA's abusive relationship with liquor has been a long-term issue.

Mbalula had insisted that 'people are out of control' and called for the nation to unite in addressing this issue and supporting government measures to correct it.

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