Driver fined for overloaded, unroadworthy school transport

By Drum Digital
10 September 2013

An unlicensed school transport driver was fined R2300 for taking 21 children to school in an unroadworthy vehicle, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Tuesday.

The Toyota Venture was caught on Monday driving in the emergency lane on Leondale Road in Katlehong, said Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

The vehicle was transporting pupils aged between four and 10.

"It was found with defective brakes, non-functional 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.

-Sapa

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