Limpopo to discuss school transport

2011-09-25 21:50
Limpopo roads and transport MEC Pinky Kekana will meet bus operators and taxi associations to discuss the safety of pupils.

This follows the death of five pupils when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a car in Siloam outside Louis Trichardt on Thursday.

“The taxi was ferrying the children home after a school tour," said department spokesperson Thesan Moodley.

He said the taxi driver was also killed, while a passenger in the car died.

Moodley said the safe transport of pupils would be high on the agenda at the meeting with public transport operators to be held on October 6.

He said the department was also implementing the national public transport enforcement programme, which emphasised checks for vehicle roadworthiness, driver fitness, load management and documentation.

Traffic officers stopped and screened 1 488 public transport vehicles, as well as 815 trucks from September 11 to 17.

Moodley said 848 notices had been issued and 16 buses, 52 taxis and five trucks had been impounded.

Three arrests had been made, including one for drunken driving and two for overloading of passengers.

Kekana urged motorists to obey the basic rules of the road to stop the carnage on the roads.

“The success of any of our road safety or law enforcement programmes lies in the hands of our motorists.

“The mindset of road users must change.

“We have lost many innocent lives simply because motorists have failed to obey the basic rules of the road and this must change”, said Kekana.

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