Gauteng Liquor Act prohibits passengers drinking in vehicles, says MMC Sun

A taxi involved in a fatal crash near Midrand in Johannesburg on Sunday has resulted in the deaths of ten people.

RTMC stated that the accident occurred on the N1 North's Maxwell Drive bridge between Allandale and Buccleauh Drives.

A Toyota Quantum Minibus crashed into the concrete centre barrier. The spare wheel of the minibus then crashed into a VW Polo.

City of Johannesburg MMC for Safety Michael Sun talks to Kieno Kammies about the accident.

It is really a tragedy...Teams of investigators from JMPD and RTMC and Spas are investigating.

Michael Sun, MMC for Safety - City of Johannesburg

He says the road safety operations in and around Johannesburg need to be intensified, in particular on the freeways.

He describes being at a separate drunk driving roadblock in Joburg on Saturday night. He says it is important to remember no-one in a vehicle may have open bottles of alcohol.

We are picking up a lot of e-hailing taxi service passengers who misunderstand that you can have a full-on open bottle service bar at the back of a taxi because you are the passenger and not the driver.

Michael Sun, MMC for Safety - City of Johannesburg

He emphasises that the Gauteng Liquor Act prohibits that behaviour and says they get a great deal of resistance from passengers when they try and stop them drinking.

But it is equally dangerous, he insists.

When you have drunk passengers in the back seat and there is alcohol when you do get stopped by the police, all will have to go for breathalyser testing. When you do take a taxi, drink at your destinations and not in the cars.

Michael Sun, MMC for Safety - City of Johannesburg

Listen to the interview with Sun below:


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