Authorities to target buses, taxis

2011-09-10 15:47

Traffic authorities will from this month attempt to pull over every bus and taxi in a desperate bid to end the spate of tragic accidents that have claimed 81 lives in the last six weeks.

Collins Letsoalo, chief executive of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, said an instruction had already been issued to all provinces that public transport vehicles must be stopped and checked. Officers will check the condition of the vehicle and driver.

In yet another grim week on South Africa’s roads:

»On Friday morning 15 people, including 11 teachers, were killed and three injured on the N4, near Zeerust, in North West when a minibus taxi collided with a truck;

»On Wednesday 11 people were killed and 13 seriously injured when a truck collided with a minibus on the R545 Road between Ogies and Bethal in Mpumalanga; and

»Last month 14 pupils and their driver died when their 32-seater school bus plunged into a dam in Knysna, Western Cape.

This has prompted the national department of transport to extend its National Rolling Enforcement Plan to public transport vehicles.

When Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele launched the enforcement plan last October, it was targeting private vehicles, but that has changed since the beginning of this month.

Letsoalo added that according to empirical evidence, more than 90% of road accidents in the country were preceded by a traffic law violation, which was either for vehicle condition or drivers’ conduct. 

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