In future, people driving vehicles will not be allowed to take a drop of liquor before driving.
This is what Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said at a press conference on Tuesday where he spoke about the transport regulations that will apply at level 2 of the restriction.
According to Mbalula, the Road Amendment Bill was submitted to parliament in July. According to this, drivers should have a 0% alcohol level in their bloodstream.
The amendment bill has yet to be given the green light by parliament before Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will be able to proclaim it.
Mbalula says he hopes the amendment bill will become law before the end of the year.
“It is not an issue that we are still conceptualising about. It’s in the system. The bill is currently before the parliamentary portfolio committee and can be introduced by December. “
Currently, the legal limit for drivers is 0.05 g of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.
If people are completely sober behind the wheel, it will, according to Mbalula, lead to overcoming reckless driving and the disregard of the law regarding drunk driving. However, there will also be a focus on roadblocks and law enforcement.
He says there will never be a permanent total ban on alcohol in South Africa, but its use must be more strictly regulated.
The proposed points system for motorists, according to which drivers’ licenses can be revoked for traffic offenses, is also still being developed.