Buses: call for 8-hour day

2009-12-21 00:00

TRANSPORT Minister Sibusiso Ndebele yesterday called for a partnership between his ministry and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to enforce the eight working hours rule for public transport drivers.

Ndebele’s call followed another horrific road crash involving a bus near Mthatha on Saturday when the driver of the bus lost control and crashed into a tavern.

He said, “According to preliminary reports, fatigue may have been a contributory factor to the bus crash, in which 10 people were killed. We are calling for a partnership between the department of Transport and the labour federation in order to ensure the eight working hours per day rule, as per the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, is enforced for public transport drivers.

“We cannot have drivers of public transport vehicles driving hundreds of kiolmetres without a relief driver, when fatigue is a major contributory factor to road crashes.”

All road users are asked to report bad driving by phoning 0861 400 800.

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