Gauteng clamps down on bad buses

2009-09-22 12:14

Twenty-five out of 30 buses checked for roadworthiness were removed

from the road today in a law enforcement operation, the Gauteng community safety

department said.

“This is an alarming rate considering that most of our people rely

on public transport to ferry them daily,” said spokesman Sizwe Matshikiza.

The roadworthy operation by the Gauteng traffic police started on

Tuesday morning and would be ongoing.

Matshikiza said the operation was in response to a public


“Commuters in and around Pretoria raised serious concerns about the

poor state of buses that they used daily to and from their workplaces.”

Matshikiza said the “outcry” was also heard during an imbizo held

in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on September 17.

During the meeting commuters informed senior leaders of the Gauteng

government and Tshwane Metropolitan Council that they often reported late for

work because of the unroadworthy state of buses they were forced to use.

“Some feared they would lose their jobs,” said Matshikiza.

He said in a separate road safety operation earlier in this month

officials seized 30 taxis for roadworthy inspections.

It was later found that eight of the taxis seized were actually

stolen vehicles.

The vehicles were handed over to the SA Police Service for further


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