Bus driving hours to be reviewed - dept
Johannesburg - Driving hours for bus drivers and the requirement for relief drivers on long-distance trips were being reviewed by the transport department, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The ministry had found that contributing factors in bus accidents included speeding, fatigue and driving under the influence, Logan Maistry said in a statement.
"The role of bus operators in enhancing road safety cannot be over-emphasised."
Between January 2007 and June 2009, 689 people were killed in 415 reported bus accidents.
The department was also investigating testing stations across the country after finding vehicles failed by one station were being passed by another in a different province.
Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele had appointed a team to look into the matter.
"Current legislation does not prescribe that a person is required to obtain a vehicle roadworthy certificate at a VTS [vehicle testing station] within the area of jurisdiction of the registering authority where the vehicle would be licensed."
The department would review the current legal framework.