Bus driving hours to be reviewed - dept

2011-07-20 21:39

Johannesburg - Driving hours for bus drivers and the requirement for relief drivers on long-distance trips were being reviewed by the transport department, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The ministry had found that contributing factors in bus accidents included speeding, fatigue and driving under the influence, Logan Maistry said in a statement.

"The role of bus operators in enhancing road safety cannot be over-emphasised."

Between January 2007 and June 2009, 689 people were killed in 415 reported bus accidents.

The department was also investigating testing stations across the country after finding vehicles failed by one station were being passed by another in a different province.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele had appointed a team to look into the matter.

"Current legislation does not prescribe that a person is required to obtain a vehicle roadworthy certificate at a VTS [vehicle testing station] within the area of jurisdiction of the registering authority where the vehicle would be licensed."

The department would review the current legal framework.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-07-20 22:12

    They drive hard because they don't ear enough and their family is vulnerable. What a crock to think this will solve the problem

  • RobinHood - 2011-07-20 22:57

    What will change - the whole system is useless anyway

  • Newsferret - 2011-07-21 06:44

    Better late than never. Let us hope something positive will come out of this and then adhered to.

  • Lesle - 2011-07-21 07:11

    Years back there was talk of using the old tachometer to check when drivers of heavy vehicles had last taken a compulsory break This system is used in Europe and it works We want to reinvent the wheel whenever a new policy is being introduced (Someone on top has a 'FREIND " that has a company to do this type of research at a nice price) Therefore we need to do research as how we can implement new laws Simple solution is to let drivers rest more and drive slower If you want to get from A to B in a hurry take a plane and as for the RWT Stations link them by computer and when a vehicle is being tested a warning will pop up on screen to show that this vehicle was tested by another province

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