MEC wants Roadlink prosecuted

2010-04-29 21:00

kalahari.com

  • Public Transport
    Covers the planning of public transport systems (bus) in Britain and other countries with similar... Now R787.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - A Western Cape government delegation will ask the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute national bus operator SA Roadlink for allegedly breaking traffic laws.

"Should the NPA proceed against SA Roadlink and they are found guilty, we will ask the relevant operating licensing authority to cancel all of SA Roadlink's operating licenses in terms of the National Land Transport Act," said the province's Transport MEC Robin Carlisle in a statement on Thursday.

Carlisle and Community Safety MEC Lennit Max were expected to meet with the NPA within the next few days.

In a statement, Carlisle's spokesperson Solly Malatsi said the operator had contravened the National Road Traffic Act several times.

"In terms of the Act, it is the duty of the operator to implement reasonable measures to ensure that their drivers do not commit any road traffic offence."

"In a joint letter to SA Roadlink, the MECs are also requiring the bus company to provide a detailed explanation of its past conduct and the measures it has in place to ensure road safety," said Malatsi.

'Coffin on wheels'

The operator had come under constant scrutiny since December 2006 when twelve people were killed in a KwaZulu-Natal crash involving one of their buses. Driver Charles Vaudim was later acquitted of all culpable homicide charges by a Pietermaritzburg magistrate.

In January 2009, then KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Bheki Cele labelled the operator a "killing machine" and "a coffin on wheels", before suspending Roadlink's operations in the province.

The company took the matter to court, arguing that it was being unfairly singled out. Judge Isaac Madondo said there was a possibility that SA Roadlink would suffer irreparable harm and that Cele had not provided any evidence that there would be more accidents.

Cele immediately withdrew the ban.

In July 2009, eight people died in a crash involving another Roadlink bus in Beaufort West in the Western Cape.

This year, several Roadlink buses were impounded in January after being found with defective brakes in George and Knysna.

Overloading

On April 27, yet another Roadlink bus was stopped and found allegedly exceeding its weight limit by 700kg.

Malatsi said criminal charges had been laid against that driver because he offloaded ten passengers when instructed by a traffic officer but later allegedly reloaded them.

He said criminal charges had been laid against the driver and that Carlisle and Max would engage the NPA to take the matter to finality.

"While the proposed action may be effective in dealing with SA Roadlink in this particular instance, what has become apparent is that there are limited legal mechanisms to bring errant operators to book," said Carlisle.

"We have instructed our legal team to look at legislative solutions to address that gap. Enough is enough."

- SAPA
Read more on:    sa roadlink  |  robin carlisle  |  accidents
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.