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Children flung from bakkie

2012-04-06 18:45

Bloemfontein - Fifteen children were injured when a bakkie rolled on the R70 near Senekal in the Free State on Friday, paramedics said.

The children were flung from the bakkie as it rolled, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

The driver had lost control of the bakkie on a gravel road.

The children, aged between six and 14, were taken to the Senekal provincial hospital.

Nine were in a critical condition, said Wicks.

The driver was unharmed.

Comments
  • Assegai - 2012-04-06 18:56

    What are kids doing on the back of a bakkie without seatbelts on? When will this government impose the wearing of seatbelts for all passengers in moving vehicles and outlaw people on the back of bakkies????? When will we see the light???????

      Iameros - 2012-04-06 18:59

      Could'nt agree with you more

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-06 19:42

      i don't know about you, but i've never seen a bakkie with seatbelts at the back.

      Stuart - 2012-04-06 19:51

      you dont get seat belts on the back of any bakkie.... duh

      Piet - 2012-04-06 19:51

      I have never seen a bakkie with seat belts in the back....Think about it...Also how will some goverment departments move their workers and also farmers ect..And lastly if you want to see the light ...Use the light switch......

      Mike - 2012-04-06 19:56

      As I understand it, the law doesn't prohibit people travelling in the back of bakkies without seatbelts. BUT the vehicle's licence almost certainly DOES prohibit this. On every windscreen disc is printed the number of people, standing & sitting, which may be legally carried in accordance with the vehicle's licence. So, at the very least, the driver in this case can be prosecuted for contravening the terms of the vehicle's licence. The problem is that, if the police were to enforce this, they would also be liable for prosecution whenever suspects are caged in the back of their bakkies, because the licensing regs don't permit this either. (If you don't believe me, just check the licence disc of any police bakkie & you'll see how many people the vehicle is licensed for).

      Eric - 2012-04-06 22:14

      My sentiments, exactly, Assegai! Instead, the ANC is bickering about succession and Malema and all the other crap!

      Trevor - 2012-04-06 22:38

      I had a Isuzu with a seat (2 seater) at the back with seat belts. (built in, worked great)

      Trevor - 2012-04-06 22:38

      I had a Isuzu with a seat (2 seater) at the back with seat belts. (built in, worked great)

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-06 23:29

      I think some might be misunderstanding either what a bakkie is or where these children were sitting in the bakkie. It's a pick-up truck and these kids were in the "load area" not in the seating area. Therefore, no seat belts. In rural areas, there is little or no public transport. People don't even have bicycles, so it is common practice to transport people in the "load area" of a pick-up. Licences and laws play no part here - it's a matter of practicality - a 20km walk to church/school/shops or a ride for 15/20 in a bakkie.

      Robsschele - 2012-04-08 12:56

      As far as I know it is law already. You are not allowed to carry passengers on the back of an open bakkie. You must fit seats, canopy and safe belts to be able to do that. I know it sounds stupid. Most construction companies are moving their laborers around by bus now. Passengers on the back of a bakkie have no protection whatsoever in an accident. Then you also find people sitting on the sides of a truck or bakkie. We were buying double cabs to transport our assistants but they numbered only 2 or 3 mostly. We discussed this with our safety officer and he said that you may carry people on the back but then you can drive only about 20kmh and you are not allowed to load anything while they are on the back. This is completely impractical.

  • Ashmolsan3 - 2012-04-06 19:13

    The law is just doing nothing about people or children at the back of the bakkies

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-06 23:32

      There are also no bicycles or any other forms of public transport. People either walk for kms or pile onto a bakkie or truck. Sounds like this driver was being reckless but until there's some other form of viable transport in rural areas, this is the way people get around

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-07 00:13

      This is the law - if you've travelled this country then you'll know how impossible it is to enforce until such tragedies happen. If you're driving on urban/freeways - REPORT IT. Regulation 250 of the act prohibits the transportation of people in the goods section of a vehicle for reward or for business purposes. However, Regulation 247 places limits on the transportation of people even for private use. The regulation states: "No person shall operate on a public road a goods vehicle conveying persons unless that portion of the vehicle in which such persons are being conveyed is enclosed to a height of at least 350mm above the surface upon which such person is seated." The problematic bit of this law is about "public roads" many of these farm, gravel roads are not designated as public roads Schnell said that this would mean that all passengers would have to be seated flat on the floor of the bakkie as the height was measured from the load floor of the vehicle. That effectively prohibited the transportation of people sitting on benches or those seated on the wheel arches of such vehicles.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-06 19:30

    look at the bigger picture picture people

  • Danny - 2012-04-06 19:49

    WTF?? 15 Kids in the back of a backie? I hope the driver gets arrested and prosecuted for 15 charges of attempted murder.

  • Grant - 2012-04-06 20:50

    15 children injured. I wonder what the total number were in the bakkie. The driver should have been arrested.

  • rurapenthe - 2012-04-06 22:17

    I thought the law says that you are not allow to carry people in the back of bakkies anymore? Or without it being closed? I was so sure I remember seeing that somewhere.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-06 23:38

      Regulation 250 of the act prohibits the transportation of people in the goods section of a vehicle for reward or for business purposes. However, Regulation 247 places limits on the transportation of people even for private use. The regulation states: "No person shall operate on a public road a goods vehicle conveying persons unless that portion of the vehicle in which such persons are being conveyed is enclosed to a height of at least 350mm above the surface upon which such person is seated." The problematic bit of this law is about "public roads" many of these farm, gravel roads are not designated as public roads Schnell said that this would mean that all passengers would have to be seated flat on the floor of the bakkie as the height was measured from the load floor of the vehicle. That effectively prohibited the transportation of people sitting on benches or those seated on the wheel arches of such vehicles.

  • Zion - 2012-04-07 06:35

    The government must impose a law prohibiting the transport of persons on the back of a pick-up van even though the vehicle may be fitted with a canopy. On a roll-over the canopy is the first to be torn off. This law is enforced on some diamond mines and works well.

  • Dawn - 2012-04-07 07:46

    O man..that's not cool,so much stupidity

  • Rob - 2012-04-07 08:57

    Whatever the justification, school, church shopping...whatever, does it really make it ok to pack 15 plus kids in the back and expose them to harm. If the kids needed to be moved (seriously) and there was simply no alternative, ok now figure on safe driving, especially speed...at 20kph I doubt if there would be any risk of rolling. Common sense seems to be a rare thing.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-07 14:43

    People should not be allowed to sit on the back of bakkies. But you see it everyday. Babies and children on their parents laps, kids standing on the back seats....what is wrong with these people?! Like they say, common sense isn't very common!

  • Katlego - 2012-04-09 00:54

    Omg! U see why I refuse to transported on a bakkie like some goods! Honestly I don't support this mode of human transportation at all. U still see people on bakkies on freeways here in Gauteng every morning and really now! I never allow to carried like a pumpkin. I refuse and would rather stay behind.

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