South Eastern Freeway penalties fixed
NO NEED to fear losing your licence just for using your foot brake on the SE Freeway.
SARTA has received very welcome advice from the Acting Minister for Police, the Attorney-General Vicki Chapman, who wrote to us in response to our ongoing concerns regarding how SAPOL will enforce the low gear rule that now applies (from May 1) on the SE Freeway descent.
The minister, on the direct advice of SAPOL in a briefing, wrote:
"The intention of the low gear offence is not to completely prohibit the use of the primary brake, if necessary in the circumstances.
"However the law requires the driver to use a gear that is low enough to enable the vehicle to be driven safely without relying on the primary brake as the sole means to slow the speed of the vehicle on the descent.
"I trust that this information is of assistance."
This is precisely how we have argued the rule ought to apply and be applied by police.
We now are advised that this is how SAPOL will apply it.
It is excellent that the Acting Minister for Police has issued this clarification on the intent of the law and we thank her for doing so and we understand from the minister's office that as it is based upon the advice of the SA police, we and you can now rely upon this as SAPOL policy.