Bakkie overturns, pupils involved

2017-02-09 06:02
PHOTOS: NetCARE 911 The bakkie that overturned was carrying 12 pupils.

PHOTOS: NetCARE 911 The bakkie that overturned was carrying 12 pupils.

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A BAKKIE carrying 12 pupils aged between four and 12 collided with a car and overturned on the R61 near St Michaels on Thursday morning.

A six-year-old died at the scene and two sustained serious injuries.

This is the second accident involving a bakkie transporting pupils in less than a week.

Last Friday an accident on the corner of Aiken and Colley streets occurred and one pupil was injured.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the exact detail to the cause of the crash is still speculative and will form part of a police investigation.

Paramedics treated the children at the scene before transporting them to various hospitals.

In November last year, government published two amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations in its the Government Gazette (No. 40420).

These amendments pertain to laws regulating transportation of school children within the load bay of a bakkie as well as speed regulations­ for heavy goods vehicles.

Regulation 250 was amended to state that school children may not be transported for reward in the goods compartment of a vehicle­.

Other persons may also not be transported in the goods compartment for reward unless it is done in terms of the National Land Transport Act (NLTA).

The date of implementation of this act is 11 May.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said vehicles are custom made and purpose fit, meaning bakkies were designed to carry goods not passengers, however, omalume bakkie drivers are doing so at their own risk.

“It is not safe meaning there is no proper security in the cabin of a bakkie because there are no seat belts or proper seats - they normally put in benches and those benches are loose, they are not firm.

“In case of an accident children are thrown all over.

“We are conducting law enforcement and those who are nabbed doing illegal transportation of children are being charged,” said Mngomezulu.

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