Motorcades with fewer fumes

There's no denying that motorcades speeding across neighbourhoods and the highways while transporting officialdom to state engagements are a constant irritation to other motorists.

There's no denying that motorcades speeding across neighbourhoods and the highways while transporting officialdom to state engagements are a constant irritation to other motorists.

The most perturbing sight is that of the high and mighty, who do not respect the very laws they are supposed to uphold. The chaos left by the official motorcades in their wake often creates hazardous conditions for the public, who can obviously expect no recourse to their frustrations.

Yet official convoys are the order of the day and the public will either have to adapt to or lap up the inconvenience.

What prompts the latest brouhaha over official convoys are public complaints about certain senior government officials who seem to flout traffic laws with impunity.

Road users have complained about the speeding convoys of several officials, including KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma and provincial public works MEC Lydia Johnson.

Even the motorcades of Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe, known to be a great campaigner against reckless and speeding motorists, have been fingered by the public for being discourteous on the roads.

Obviously there are no easy solutions, given the security issues regarding senior government officials.

But traffic authorities must find a middle ground to ease this inconvenience.

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