Ombud calls for better provision, use of public transport

2010-05-24 08:39

The mobility of South Africans could be seriously hampered unless

there is an improvement in the provision and use of public transport, the

Ombudsman of the Motor Industry SA has said.

Johan van Vreden, the ombudsman, said the rapid increase in

motoring costs was making it increasingly difficult for many motorists to make

ends meet financially.

“Further increases in road congestion, labour costs, fuel and more

general tolling of major roads looming, all point to a need for both the

authorities and the motoring public to seriously strive for and utilise an

efficient public transport system.

“The authorities need to ensure that efficient and reliable

transport and services are provided and the motoring public must change its

mindset to utilise such a service to its fullest.

“Should this not happen many people may be forced to find

employment closer to work, companies could lose experienced and well-qualified

staff and leisure time activities in our ‘outdoor’ country could be severely

restricted.”

The improvement of roads and transport in Gauteng three weeks (June

11) before the Fifa Soccer World Cup is an important step towards addressing

this problem and it should continue after the games.

 

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