Amended Road Traffic Bill Passes in Senate

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After a two-week delay, the Amended Road Traffic Bill has been passed in the Senate and is now on its way to being gazetted.

Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Kamina Johnson Smith, says the legislation is long overdue and much needed.

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The amended Road Traffic Bill is geared towards modernizing the country’s road traffic law which is now more than 50-years old.

The legislation also provides tougher fines for certain offences and will, controversially, allow a ticket to be issued to the owner of a vehicle rather than its driver.

This has drawn sharp ire from the operators of public passenger vehicles.

However, Senator Johnson Smith, says the legislation brings greater accountability to the system.

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She also says the provision isn’t new.

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