SA Roadlink bus impounded
Cape Town - An SA Roadlink bus was impounded near Beaufort West for being unroadworthy, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.
"The bus was making its way from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth with 53 passengers... and was pulled over by officers who noticed that the bus was unbalanced," he said.
It had defective brakes, a smooth tyre, excessive play on the steering mechanism, a faulty front widow wiper, a non-shatterproof windscreen and a defective driver door handle.
The driver was fined for not having a valid permit to operate the bus.
'Complete disregard for the rules'
"We cannot tolerate this complete disregard for the rules of the road by public transport vehicles entering the Western Cape," Plato said.
SA Roadlink spokesperson Daniella Ebenezer was not immediately available to comment.
Last Wednesday, the transport department singled out unroadworthy vehicles and driver error as the major causes of accidents in the passenger bus industry.
Between January 2007 and June 2009 415 reported bus accidents occurred on the country's roads, killing 689 people, department spokesperson Logan Maistry said.
The department was probing testing stations across the country after finding vehicles failed by one station were being passed by another in a different province.
Current legislation does not prescribe that a certificate be obtained at a vehicle testing station in the same area where the vehicle is licensed.