Siyabona Bonakala - Can you see and be seen on the road?
The process of reissuing driversí licenses to about 700 000 people in the
province has revealed that an alarming number of drivers re-applying for their
licenses have failed the obligatory eye test. This has prompted fears that there
could be more poor-sighted motorists on the roads.
KZN Transport MEC, Mr Síbu Ndebele has already launched a campaign to be
known as "Siyabona Bonakala", to ensure that all who drive on
provincial roads can see clearly.
Mr Ndebele observed that failure rates of eye tests offered at testing
stations had made his Department to ask the big question: how many people on our
roads cannot see clearly, and how does this impact on the ability of our
citizens to drive safely-especially at night?
He pointed out that his Department had always examined issues of sobriety,
fatigue and vehicular condition. However, no attempt had been made to clarify
whether there is a link between the accident and driverís ability to see
Mr Ndebele said that the urgency of the question of vision and road safety
compelled the DOT to take a serious and pro-active stance.
Although optometry services and glasses supply is just becoming available in
some public hospitals of KwaZulu-Natal, the DOT will see drivers in the public
transport sector such as the buses, and taxis services, the Minister explained.
Ultimately, all those who drive government vehicles should be screened by a
professional, and given a pair of affordable spectacles if they needed them, he