If you plan on visiting Mpumalanga or drive past to visit family and friends around festive season, it is best that you are in your best behaviour and follow the rules of the road. This was made clear by Dikeledi Mahlanagu, MEC for Public Roads and Transport during her visit in Ermelo on October 12. The MEC personally manned a roadblock on N17 between Ermelo/Bethal road with Gert Sibande District Municipality Mayor Councillor Mishack Nhlabathi and his counterpart at Msukaligwa Local Municipality, Councillor Sipho Bongwe. To show that they are not prepared to take nonsense, 98 vehicles were stopped within an hour and five taxis were impounded for operating without licences and fined R2500. A total of 11 summonses were issued for other offences that included driving without a proper driver’s licence or expired disc and licence.MEC Mahlangu and the two Executive Mayors Nhlabathi and Bongwe were assisted on the roadblocks by the local police and traffic authorities from Ermelo and the province. Mahlangu said: “We are checking the cars’ road worthiness and whether they are overloading passengers or not. We are checking if they are using the right permits in these routes and whether the drivers have the proper documents to operate taxis and drivers’ licences.”With road fatalities happening mostly during the festive season, the province is gearing itself to save lives and it is adopting a zero-tolerance for reckless and negligent drivers. Msukaligwa Executive Mayor Councillor Bongwe said he is happy that they have started with a programme of road safety as early October to sensitise other road users that Mpumalanga will not tolerate reckless and negligent driving on the road.“This will reduce the number of accidents on the roads. The drivers will ensure that they keep the correct documentation and the passengers should feel free to ask them if the taxi is compliant with the laws like having a third party insurance should an accident happen. The passengers should also know if the taxi driver follows the right routes,” said Bongwe. With the N17 highway having no more stop and go sessions, it means road users will no longer be inconvenienced when they go to different destinations. Gert Sibande District Municipality Mayor Councillor Mishack Nhlabathi was also happy about the roadblock that it will limit road accidents and fatalities around festive season.