‘Tilting’ Roadlink bus pulled off road

2010-02-11 00:00

A DURBAN-BOUND SA Roadlink bus was impounded in Pietermaritzburg during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers stopped the bus in Chief Albert Luthuli Road at 5 am when they saw the vehicle tilting to the right.

RTI spokesman Rajen Chinaboo said the officers found the right air suspension had collapsed and the bus had “terrible oil leaks”.

Passengers were given alternative transport to Durban while the bus was taken to the Mkondeni testing station. When the vehicle is repaired, it must pass a series of roadworthy tests before it can rejoin the Roadlink fleet.

Roadlink spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant said she has “not received any negative reports on Roadlink buses, except for the case in the Western Cape”.

There, a drunk Roadlink driver, whose blood alcohol level was almost 10 times over the legal limit, attempted to drive 72 passengers from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

The bus impounded yesterday is the fifth Roadlink bus to be impounded this year and the RTI is keeping a close eye on the fleet.

“We have had numerous problems with Roadlink,” said Chinaboo. “So much so, we have a dossier on Roadlink alone.”

On February 4, The Witness reported that a full Roadlink bus allegedly travelled at or over 160 km/h on the N3.

In February last year, Roadlink agreed to submit its fleet for government testing. Yesterday Oliphant said: “The testing will begin soon”.

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