Unlicensed school transport driver fined for overloaded vehicle

2013-09-10 14:08

An unlicensed school transport driver was fined R2 300 for taking 21 children to school in an unroadworthy vehicle.

The Toyota Venture was caught yesterday driving in the emergency lane on Leondale Road in Katlehong, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago of the Ekurhuleni metro police said today.

The vehicle was transporting pupils aged between four and 10.

“It was found with defective brakes, nonfunctional door handles and passenger windows, smooth tyres, faulty steering, and all lights not in working order,” Kgasago said.

Police also discovered that the 25-year-old driver did not have a valid driver’s licence. He was then fined.

Kgasago urged parents and teachers to ensure that children were transported in roadworthy and suitable vehicles.

He said unroadworthy vehicles should be reported to the authorities.

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