25 buses pulled from road

2012-07-28 20:26

Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and Johannesburg metro police stopped 45 buses between Kya Sands and Randburg on Saturday and found critical faults in 25 of them.

"The 25 buses, mostly Putco, had their license discs pulled and will have to be proved roadworthy before they can hit the streets again," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

"The most common defect that we found was the braking system and the service brakes were not in order," Ismail said.

Several other vehicles did not have proper documentation, faulty headlamps, defective steering "as well as massive oil and diesel leaks" in the engine.

Two of the buses had to be towed back to the depot because they were in such a poor state.

Another 20 buses were issued with citations but did not have their license disks pulled.

"We want to indicate these blitz operations on passenger vehicles will continue indefinitely.

"They will focus on long distance coaches, luxury buses, commuter buses, minibus taxis metered taxis and most importantly learner transport," Ismail said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-28 20:41

    Great. But this means than more than half of their fleet are un-roadworthy. Scary stuff.

      bernpm - 2012-07-28 20:44

      These are not recent faults......What have these guys been doing during the last years?? Speed trapping??

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-28 20:49

      ... and less transport for bus users who will now have to climb into.....Taxis! Which oddly enough are still not pulled off the road, even though they now kill more people than Cancer, HIV and Heart Disease combined. Back to buses; it's a complication of lack of skill to service & maintain to Roadworthy level and the miasma of corruption and cost-cutting all the way up the chain.

      stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-29 06:54

      Agreed, but you know as well as I do that it will never happen. The goverment will rather watch as many die in taxi accidents, or the same will happen as in KZN.

  • finky.sekao - 2012-07-28 21:23

    Job well done, traffic officers!

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-07-28 22:17

    Transport vehicles (vehicles that are licensed to transport passengers for gain) should be checked by the authorities in their depots. I accept that if a vehicle is not on the road no transgression has occurred but a change in the law can facilitate it.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-07-28 22:41

    Bloody coffins on wheels this bus companies should fined as the public use their services putting them in danger without knowing

  • Erna - 2012-07-29 08:11

    While this is encouraging its just not enough. Public transport - buses and taxis - should be put through stringent testing annually on renewal of licence and drivers should have higher graded licences and go for regular higher driving courses. These should be the minimal legal requirements.

  • Jake - 2012-07-29 09:16

    There are millions of unroadworthy taxis too....lets go get 'em guys!!!This will indeed assist in reducing the road carnage. see what unroadworthy vehicles and disobeying tarffic rules can do....look at wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-07-29 14:21

    good job well done metro police

  • machaven - 2012-07-30 10:31

    Executives from bus companies should be taken to court for putting peoples lives in danger. Shoddy business practices and "cost cutting" measures means more in their pockets. Simply put: money > life in the transport industry.

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