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Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC)
Minister Launches Vehicle Flagging System
05/04/11
In flagging a vehicle, the Botswana Police Service will  put a mark against the registration details of a vehicle for purposes of alerting Department of Road Transport and Safety licensing office that the owner or driver of the vehicle in question has outstanding fine(s) owed to the government.

MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION:

 

HONOURABLE FRANK JACK RAMSDEN

 

 

TO MARK THE COMMENCEMENT OF ROAD TRAFFIC VEHICLE FLAGGING

1st FEB 2011

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

                                                                                                                             

 


ROAD TRAFFIC VEHICLE FLAGGING REGULATIONS

 

INTRODUCTION

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.  I am so delighted that you have heeded our invitation to this important press conference.  Your role in development cannot be over emphasized.  It is through media that information is disseminated to the public.  Batswana are informed of government programmes that are geared at improving their lives through media.  Let me take this opportunity ladies and gentlemen to thank you on behalf of the government for your assistance in educating the public on programs championed by my Ministry.

 

Bagaetsho the main aim of this press conference is to inform you about the enactment of statutory instrument No. 122 of 2010 which is the vehicle flagging regulations.  You will recall that the amendment Act no 27 of 2008 under section 18 of the Road Traffic Act; Cap 69.01 introduced vehicle flagging.  This section of the law could not be implemented because regulations on flagging had to be developed first.  I am happy to inform you that these regulations have since been developed and came into effect on the 17th December 2010.  We could not however implement the regulations immediately because we had to set the ground for such implementation. Setting the ground included educating the public and training of staff on the flagging procedure.  I wish to inform you that we are well on course and we will be implementing flagging regulations beginning 1st March 2011.

 

WHAT IS VEHICLE FLAGGING

Bagaetsho, vehicle flagging is the placement of a mark (flag) in the Vehicle Registration System which an authorized officer puts on the registration details of a vehicle for the purpose of alerting the Department of Road Transport and Safety that the owner or driver, as the case may be, of the vehicle in question has outstanding fines. The consequence of which is to prevent any transaction in relation to the vehicle in question. In flagging a vehicle the Botswana Police Service will therefore put a mark against the registration details of a vehicle for purposes of alerting Department of Road Transport and Safety licensing office that the owner or driver of the vehicle in question has outstanding fine(s) owed to the government.

 

This placing of a mark or (flagging) will be done after 21 days upon which on offense has been committed if the offender has failed to pay the penalty thereof.  The Department of Road Transport and Safety will therefore not process any transactions relating to a flagged vehicle until all outstanding fines owned to government has been paid.

 

 

CANCELLATION OF FLAG

 

A flag or mark that has been placed on an offending vehicle will only be cancelled if:-

1.    The outstanding fine has been paid off.

2.    The case has been withdrawn against the offender

3.    An investigation shows that the alleged offender is a foreigner and has since left Botswana.

 

WHY FLAG VEHICLES

 

Traffic offences have continued to increase especially with the increase in vehicle population.  The unfortunate thing is that while people continue committing offences, they are not as keen to settle their fines.  This has therefore drained government resources in that police officers have had to follow offenders in a bid for them to pay their penalties.  In the past we have had the police from places like Maun and Kasane following offenders as far as Gaborone in order to complete their cases.  These regulations will help to put this burden of completion of the case on the offender themselves.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen both the Department of Road Transport and Safety and the Botswana Police have a big task of ensuring road safety in our country.  I therefore hope that this exercise of flagging will assist in minimizing traffic offences and create responsible motorists to help curb the high numbers of road crashes on which have claimed a number of our citizens.

 

We are therefore relying on you the media to assist us in informing our target public and to create awareness on these important and long awaited vehicle flagging regulations.

 

I thank you.   

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