School buses impounded

2011-03-15 14:03

Fifteen scholar buses have been impounded in North West for having faulty brakes and steering, and loose seats, the province’s public safety department said today.

“Among some of the mechanical faults detected during roadworthy tests were defective steering mechanisms, dysfunctional brakes, loose seats, worn out kingpins, centre bolts, stabilisers and tyres,” spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

The buses were de-registered and impounded in Lichtenburg. The department’s MEC, Desbo Mohono, inspected the buses on Tuesday and “vowed” they would only be allowed back on the road when they had been made safe for all road users.

He said according to formal written contracts signed between the provincial department of public works, roads and transport, and 93 service providers, operators had to have roadworthy tests conducted on their vehicles within 14 days of signing the contract, and every six months thereafter. 

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