In ongoing efforts to reduce road crashes especially over the festive season, long-distance taxi, bus and truck operators will be forced to rest in the Western Cape.

That’s according to the Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell.

He made the statement when he officially launched the province’s Festive Season Safety Plan, on Monday.

Knowing the dangers caused by exhausted drivers on the road, the department wants them to rest.

Traffic officers will be using devices to track down exhausted drivers throughout the festive period.

Mitchell says their fatigue awareness operations will be important.

“Using the handheld devices and other available technology, the system is capable of creating a log of public transport drivers which we can track key fatigue-indicating data such as departures and arrival points, driving times, speed profiling as well as vehicle tracking”.