210 pupil transport vehicles taken off the road

2011-09-22 14:00

Johannesburg - A total of 210 unroadworthy pupil transport vehicles have been taken off the road since the start of the month, the national transport department said on Thursday.

The cars, buses and taxis were pulled off in a blitz by traffic officials following the deaths of at least 76 people in public transport crashes last month, the department said in a statement.

About 128 000 public transport vehicles were checked between August 31 and September 18.

Of these, 210 buses, 395 taxis and 159 trucks were pulled off the road for being unroadworthy. The vehicles could only operate again after passing a roadworthy test.

More than 430 public transport drivers were arrested for various traffic offences. The majority of these offences were overloading, followed by drunken driving.

According to the statement, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said: "As part of the National Rolling Enforcement Plan, we will continue to deploy traffic officials on strategic and critical routes to increase visibility and intensify enforcement on driver and vehicle fitness."

Ndebele asked the public to report road offences on the national traffic hotline (0861 400 800) as "law enforcement officers cannot be everywhere at any given time".

  • Vissendran - 2011-09-22 14:08

    they need to actually check these busses/taxi's/truck's every 6 months - our countries future is at stake ... then again, the education systems isnt much better either ... they need to look at that in the same light as unroadworthy pupil transport

      Together - 2011-09-22 14:10

      This is good - we all support good governance. Good job.

      onetickie - 2011-09-22 14:46

      Wonder how these poor school kids are now going to get to school?

      Civil_Rights - 2011-09-22 14:56

      Juluis is the most unroadworthy vehicle the youth of today have. his transporting our youth on a path to no where.

  • DW - 2011-09-22 14:09

    Well done, but why did so many people have to die before this was done. There should be no need for a "blitz". This is the job of the Metro Police which they should be doing on an ongoing basis, not only when there is a huge public outcry because of the horrific accidents with children involved.

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  • Verdade - 2011-09-22 14:22

    210 busses taken of the road only to be back on the road the next day, with the corrupt traffic officials anything is possible. Impound the vehicle till it's fixed and roadworthy, even this is asking too much as some parasite at the testing facility will see this as an opportunity to make a quick buck and assistance in his stokvel

      Dave - 2011-09-22 14:36

      Exactly, so whats the point of taking them off the road to begin with, when theyll be back on the road tomorrow, but this incompetent buffoon Sbu will still say that speed is the problem. Is this twit aware that the speed limit for taxis in this country is already 100km per hour

  • Akes - 2011-09-22 14:31

    and the idiots want to reduce speed limits when there are plenty of these unroadworthy vehicles out there.

  • Comcon - 2011-09-22 14:34

    I wonder how many got off scot free after paying a bribe...

  • Wayne Gibson - 2011-09-22 14:35

    A "blitz" should not be necessary. These thing should happen on an ongoing basis, not just when many people suddenly die. Also, what will happen if I report road offenses? Will anything happen? Good work on clamping down on unroadworthy vehicles! Now please just start enforcing the basic traffic rules. We have this chaos on our roads because the most basic traffic rules are not enforced.

  • King - 2011-09-22 14:42

    They must also shut down all these bogus vehicle testing centres. That's where the rot starts.

  • squish102 - 2011-09-22 14:52

    In some US states and I'm sure in many other countries, we have a yearly inspection for roadworthyness and emissions. It is a bit of a pain, but you very seldom see a car that looks unroadworthy and never see one spewing smoke. I am surprised the government didn't see this as a new income revenue with a side effect of improving safety.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-09-22 14:57

    There you go Mister Minister , you see ,, it's easy , you don't have to go and change thespeed limit ,, that's got bugger all to do with it. GET THE SKOROKOROS off the road!!!!

  • khoi007 - 2011-09-22 15:00

    it is time that this goverment starts taking responsibility in some kind of way to ensure that the leaders of the future are transported safel

  • kenneth.roselt - 2011-09-22 15:02

    there are some in the linksfield / lyndhurst area that transport kids to school that are unroadworthy, go through red lights, and go right from straight lanes, sometimes right in front of metro cops

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-09-22 15:06

    Nifty... Now do something about the corrupt road-worthy transport employees selling invalid roadworthy certificates. Like for that bus in which those Knysna kids died. Everyone just wants to make a quick buck.. no matter the consequences!

  • letsdance - 2011-09-22 15:16

    @ onetickie how are the kids getting to school if they got to school at all with the overloading of taxi and bus crashing. They will be safer walking to school..Good job keep the unroadworthy vehicles off our roads..Enough is enough

  • Streetdreams - 2011-09-22 15:28

    They can do it wellif they stop hiding behind bushes, especially public transport But our Stupid minister is concerned of a Speed limit of 100km but the same country is selling AMG 63 cars, not to mention the Lambo's

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-22 15:37

    I am all for safety on the roads but how will we without cars get to work now?

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-22 16:08

      With thinking like yours Africa is doomed

      ANC Comrade - 2011-09-22 16:18

      WIth your name you are probably the cause of most accidents on the road!

      Wayne Gibson - 2011-09-22 16:29

      @ANC Comrade - I do understand what you are saying. But you, as a user of the public transport system have a right to being safe on the road. After all, you pay to get from point A to point B, and your life should not be endangered by doing so. A tremendous amount of money was spent on the taxi recapitalisation program. Most of those new taxi's are already falling apart. Why? Because there is no form of regular inspection of these vehicles to ensure that they are being maintained properly. But everyone focuses on the taxis... They aren't the only problem on the roads. All drivers disregard the rules from time to time, and that is where the problem stars. We are all guilty, but hey, there's no-one to check up on us or to enforce the rules, so why bother?

  • stamp-kar - 2011-09-22 16:19

    drunken Driving!!! haha at its best with a dop he thinks!!

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-09-22 17:15

    And how many drivers were arrested, tried, and convicted? Any?

  • Collitjies - 2011-09-22 17:56

    About bloody time these death traps were removed. Now the traffic officials must remove at least 50% of mini bus taxis as they are more like mobile coffins than public transport. Traffic must NOT accept bribes by taxi owners/drivers to keep them on our over crowded roads.

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 18:04

    The bus owners who have cotracts with the govt. to transport school children get paid very well. They should be able to keep the busses in tip top condition + still make a good profit. But very often greed makes them pocket all the money + then the vehicle is not properly maintained sometimes with disastrous results like the Knysna bus crash. Glad to say that in this case the testing centre has been shut for investigation + the bus owner is also under scrutiny. The authorities must show no mercy to these guys who are prepared to take chances with the lives of our children. Go traffic dept. go!! Get rid of the offenders - we don't want them around.

  • AJS - 2011-09-22 19:18

    Now we wait for the taxi drivers to toyi toyi and protest the targeting of their members

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 19:37

      That's quite ok. St*ff them anyway.

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