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Roadlink challenges impounding of bus

2010-11-26 18:11

Johannesburg - Allegations of non-compliance with the National Land Transport Act are not true, SA Roadlink said on Friday after traffic officials said they had impounded one of the company's buses.

Western Cape provincial traffic officers said earlier they had impounded the passenger bus on Thursday at the N2 weighbridge in Somerset West.

The double-decker bus, with 47 passengers on board, was being operated without a valid permit when it was stopped, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said on Friday.

But SA Roadlink spokesperson Marna Enslin said the bus company had applied for a renewal of its permit document as theirs had expired on November 17.

According to the National Land Transport Regulations for the National Land Transport Act the permit remained valid until a new licence was issued or the application was refused, she said.

"Since SA Roadlink has not received such notification of refusal, the permit remains valid until the new permit is issued.

"SA Roadlink requested the renewed permit from the Public Transport Operating License Board which advised Roadlink that the new operating license will take approximately two to three months to be renewed," Enslin said.

The bus company hired a coach to transport the passengers from Somerset West to their destination and was in discussions with the traffic authorities to release the impounded coach, she said.