Hero or Zero: Truck Driver Arrested for Endangering Motorists, People Want His Licence Revoked

Hero or Zero: Truck Driver Arrested for Endangering Motorists, People Want His Licence Revoked

  • The driver behind the wheel of a truck that drove recklessly on the KwaZulu-Natal’s R34 road has been arrested
  • This was confirmed by the MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, who condemned the man’s driving, saying he put other motorists at risk
  • Although it is unclear whether the vehicle experienced brake failure or he was intentionally reckless, road safety officials have called for the confiscation of his licence

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The driver behind the truck veering recklessly between lanes and vehicles, leaving many South Africans alarmed, has been arrested.

This was confirmed by Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, who described the driver as reckless. Shongwe said although the incident occurred on KwaZulu-Natal’s R34 road, the truck had a Mpumalanga number plate.

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The driver who was lauded a hero after his truck allegedly experienced brake failure has been arrested. Image: SA Long Distance Truckers/Facebook
Source: Facebook

This is despite reports that alleged that the driver had been trying to avoid an accident when his vehicle experienced brake failure.

Briefly News previously reported that in the video shared by SA Long Distance Truckers on Facebook, which shows the massive vehicle driving with great speed as it veers between other trucks and vehicles on the road. The driver is even seen sandwiched between a van and another larger truck and fortunately makes it out as he continues on his escapade.

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According to the Facebook post, the truck had brake failure, presumably prompting the driver to drive in an alarming manner to keep the vehicle from crashing as it couldn’t stop.

ECR reported that Mpumalanga officials want the driver's licence to be revoked.

“Such behaviour should be condemned in the strongest possible terms, and such drivers should no longer be allowed on the road as they endanger other people’s lives.

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“People like the driver in question do not deserve to have driving licences. Crashes that involve trucks often produce many fatalities, especially when public transport is involved,” Shongwe said as quoted in The South African.

He also urged truck owners to assess the drivers they hire and instil a sense of responsible driving in them to ensure that they always adhere to the rules of the road and become road safety ambassadors.

Taxi caught on video swerving across busy road before crashing into SUV

Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported on a chilling video showing a taxi driver veering all over the road and ultimately having a serious collision has left the cyber community horrified.

The clip was shared by Twitter account @crimeairnetwork and shows that the footage was taken by persons travelling in the vehicle behind the taxi. The taxi is seen veering in and out of the traffic lane for a while before it drives completely onto the roadside of the highway.

The driver quickly tries to get back on the road but crashes into an SUV in the neighbouring lane. The two vehicles collide into each other in the middle of the road, sending one man (presumably the driver) flying out of the taxi.

Source: Briefly News

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