By: Mathibeli Ntlhabo
MASERU: 22 drivers were detained by Maseru traffic police and have appeared before magistrate court on charges of failing to display vehicle registration number plates last Thursday.
They were all fined M150.00 each while the other seven cases are pending before court.
This came after Maseru traffic police launched Operation Sweep Clean on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 where 29 vehicles were impounded.
The operation is aimed at installing understanding to those who ignore traffic laws such as displaying vehicle registration number plates, which in turn causes crime of robbery.
Maseru traffic police commander, Superintendent (Supt.) Lenkoane emphasized their concern as traffic cops by vehicles travelling without displaying number plates.
“They are mostly used by robbers as getaway cars because they can never be identified in front or even behind. “Secondly, they make hit and run accidents without being traced by anyone,” that was his sentiments.
Supt. Lenkoane said after they appeared in court, they immediately need temporary number plates as every vehicle in Lesotho has to carry number plate:
“In that way we make sure that they respect the laws of Lesotho, not just leave them after their sentences, they need to be monitored,” Supt. Lenkoane’ said.
He said the main reason behind their success as they now have enough strength from newly promoted Police officers who are in every corner and also at the main circle where many accidents used to occur.
They have all undergone basic traffic course empowering them with skills and knowledge of dealing with traffic offences and offenders.
He added that more operations will be held based on different kinds of road traffic offences that seem to be escalating.
He finally appealed to Basotho to cooperate as these will assist in the reduction of loss of lives on our roads.