Re-look at bakkie rules

2015-03-21 00:00

AFTER Thursday’s bakkie crash that left 20 school children injured in Port Shepstone, the Transport Department have said they are looking at “amending regulations to possibly phase out or make it illegal for bakkies or any unauthorised vehicles to transport passengers”.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said in a statement yesterday they received reports last week that two children from Ladysmith died in a separate bakkie accident while on their way to school.

“We are deeply saddened that children continue to get hurt while they travel to and from school in unsafe modes of transport.

“We have been advocating for omalume [uncles] to refrain from using bakkies to carry schoolchildren because they are not certified to do so.

“This is a national issue which is also driven by the national department to come up with legislation which will avert such accidents.”

The proposal for the amendment of regulations regarding travelling on the back of bakkies came weeks after the horror crash in Imbali on January 28.

The crash left eight Fezokuhle pupils dead and around 17 severely injured.

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