Chairperson, the MF is extremely pleased with the introduction of this Bill and the issues of land transport that it addresses. Many challenges exist in making road safety an initiative for all commuters, but, unfortunately, we still have irresponsible drivers that claim lives on a daily basis.
Further, it is an unfortunate truth that government officials remain to be tempted into bribery and corruption. A few years ago the issue of illegal, fake licences was highlighted, but today the problem continues and many remain on our roads with bought licences. We think that the renewal of licences is a sure way of smoking out all the perpetrators.
Another concern is the number of not-so-roadworthy vehicles on the roads and the question is: How do they remain on the roads? In Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal we have had increased roadblocks and we believe that there needs to be a national project to make our roads safer. The MF supports the National Land Transport Bill. I thank you, Chair.