Bust: Intercity drivers arrested

2010-04-26 00:00

TWO Intercity bus drivers were arrested yesterday on their way from Durban to Johannesburg because of permit irregularities. They will appear in the ­Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Since April 9, 28 buses have been suspended in KwaZulu-Natal, 14 of which belong to the troubled SA Roadlink bus company.

In Pietermaritzburg alone, two Roadlink and two Intercity buses have been suspended.

As part of Operation Phez’ Kwabo, a special operations unit campaign has been launched to inspect passenger buses entering the province.

Each vehicle is checked for mechanical problems and permit irregularities.

According to Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Colin Govender, a total of 170 buses have been inspected since the operation began. He said 37 buses have been allowed a 35-day grace period to present themselves for inspection and prove their roadworthiness.

Govender said one of the Roadlink buses that was tested last week had “gross mechanical defects”.

“We discovered that this bus had been tested at a testing station, and it was issued with a licence and fitness disc,” he said.

“The bus was suspended and parked off.”

Govender confirmed that a bus that Roadlink had sent as a replacement for the one that was parked off — despite having roadworthy documentation — also had mechanical faults.

“We are going to get a unit to undertake an investigation to determine how these buses managed to obtain certificates of roadworthiness,” said Govender.

Operation Phez’Kwabo will run until the end of May.

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