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Crack down on PPV rogues

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Is it beyond the ability of the Transport Authority to bring order to the conduct of public-passenger vehicle operators, in collaboration with the traffic police?

I would have thought that it would be quite possible to introduce a system of registering authorised drivers for various classes of public passenger vehicles and suspending or revoking permits for those who exceed a reasonable limit allowed for traffic points accumulated during any one year.

Similarly, responsibility should be imposed on owners to ensure that they only use drivers in good standing, failing which they should be fined and permits for their respective vehicles suspended or withdrawn for repeat offences.

Ideally, the Transport Authority should track the ticketing database for delinquent owners and drivers on a real-time basis, but even if this is not realistic at this stage, the onus should be placed on owners and drivers to prove their eligibility for a licence at a required annual renewal date.

If such a system were implemented and administered efficiently and diligently, this should go a far way in improving the driving behaviour on our roads and set the stage for the police to introduce other measures to address the disorder among drivers of private vehicles.

Among the benefits to be derived from such a system is a reduction in road accidents and injuries or deaths on our roads.