Public transport under scrutiny after deaths

2011-08-07 19:07

Johannesburg - Public transport operators will be continuously monitored, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Sunday after 16 people were killed on the country's roads.

Ten people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed near Kokstad on Saturday when a bus and a minibus taxi rolled down an embankment and landed in a river.

Six more people were killed near Golden Gate, in the eastern Free State, when a minibus taxi overturned on a mountain slope on Saturday.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation had sent accident investigation teams to assist in both accidents.

"We want to convey condolences to the families of those killed in road crashes during the weekend, and wish those injured a speedy recovery," said Ndebele.

Higher than normal traffic volumes were expected because of the public holiday, Women's Day, on Tuesday, he said.

In addition, inclement weather was still being experienced in certain parts of the country.

"We are therefore calling upon motorists to drive with your headlamps on at all times, and adjust your driving habits to the prevailing weather conditions," said Ndebele.

His spokesperson Logan Maistry said that since October, more than 10 million vehicles and drivers had been checked and 4.5 million fines issued, 17 000 drunk drivers arrested, and 43 000 unroadworthy vehicles - mostly buses and taxis - pulled off the road.

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-08-07 19:36

    WILL BE MONITERED?? I THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE ALWAYS MONITERED. That means that the money was wasted and now there is no more money and now they will want more money to do what they should have been doing all along anyway. Why is our fuel taxed, why do we pay toll fees, why do we pay rates and personal taxes. I thought that some of that money was used for precisely preventing these disasters. When will all this cr@p stop??

  • Jegs - 2011-08-07 20:20

    SA should follow the UK in terms of vehicle licensing - as in a COR is to be carried out annually on all cars over 3 years of age, COR issuers are to be government registered and recognised / reputable vendors. In order to acquire the vehicle license (Road Tax disc), one needs to have passed the COR (info held electronically on governmental database) and also (VERY IMPORTANTLY) have proper vehicle insurance. I don't know why SA does not make it compulsory to have insurance. Anyway, my 2 cents!

      tryanything - 2011-08-07 20:51

      Apparantly the yearly cor is going to be Phased in..Compulsory insurance would go a long way to force roadworthiness on vehicles. Not roadworthy no pay..

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-07 20:27

    More hot air talk again. We hear this all the time. Cops will come down hard on motorists, buses will be checked for roadworthiness, taxis will be sored out blah blah blah. But the road carnage continues, and will continue. As long as Ministers talk about action, but do not drive the action, they might as well stand on there hands and whistle a tune through their anus. Anyway, back in reality land, people will continue to die in road accidents......

  • tryanything - 2011-08-07 20:52

    How many driving licences will be pulled? Probably none

  • Rene Pretorius - 2011-08-08 06:55

    I would love to see some actual stats relating to minibus taxi's and road deaths. I think it will be shocking to see it black on white. We see minibus taxi's disregard the laws of the road every single day, everywhere we go. They are supposed to drive a max of 100km/h which is yet another rule they don't adhere to. Sad for everybody who has to rely on this type of transport. I certainly would not put my life on the line by getting into one of these death traps.

  • SirMark - 2011-08-08 08:43

    please dont do a thing , the mini bus taxi is doing a wonderful job of culling the masses .

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