RTMC wants tougher transport laws

2011-08-23 20:28
Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) called for tougher measures against the public passenger transport industry on Tuesday.

"It is almost a common feature of, particularly weekends and after-hours travel that buses and/or minibuses are involved in fatal crashes around the country," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail in a statement.

"The recent death of nine passengers in a horror crash on the N3 has again brought into sharp focus the lack of 'safety morals' in the public passenger transport industry."

Ismail said the RTMC wanted legislation to be amended to "deal harshly with drivers, operators and passengers who flout the law and endanger the lives of road users".

The RTMC was considering amending legislation to allow the operator cards of an entire fleet to be suspended if one driver or operator was found to be flouting laws.

The RTMC appealed to the National Prosecuting Authority to charge drivers and operators with murder if reckless or negligent driving caused deaths.

The corporation also proposed to name and shame habitual offenders.

"In spite of increased enforcement focusing on public transport vehicles, it is clear that many unscrupulous operators and drivers will risk the lives of vulnerable passengers in order to make a fast buck.

"This reckless and negligent attitude must stop," acting RTMC CEO Collins Letsoalo said in the statement.

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