Buses, taxis pulled off Joburg's roads

2012-08-02 20:37

Johannesburg - Twenty-one commuter buses and 11 minibus taxis were scrapped in Marlboro, Johannesburg, on Thursday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said.

Spokesperson Ashref Ismail said 34 buses were tested and 21 were discontinued.

Only two minibus taxis among the 13 that were checked were found to be roadworthy. Unroadworthy vehicles had their licence discs removed.

"Vehicles that were discontinued will have to be repaired, and be proved roadworthy in another test before they can be used on our roads."

The RTMC and national traffic police conducted the operation.

The initiative was led by female officers, because August is Women's Month.

The most common problems with vehicles were brakes, steering mechanisms, excessive oil leaks and smoke.

Ismail said the initiative would continue throughout the month in the entire country. It would also focus on long-distance coaches, luxury buses, learner transport vehicles, and metered taxis.

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 21:10

    Amazing, actually doing something for once!!!

      aarchaic - 2012-08-03 07:34

      I hope this will continue to happen after August when woman's month is over... doesnt help they make news just because its a woman's initiative for Woman's month. Should be a on going process right through the year.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-08-02 21:16

    If this continues for an entire month. By the 10th we should finally have taxi free roads again, we'll finally be able to go through a green robot without fear of being taken out by a taxi flying through the red one.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-02 21:21

      ^^^>first world problems<^^^ I would be unhappy for the people who rely on them to get to work, because we know that a proper bus system will never be introduced.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-02 21:17

    The need to make it compulsory for all taxis and buses to go for a roadworthy test everytime their licenses are renewed..

      aarchaic - 2012-08-03 07:35

      I would say every 6 months not just once a year...

      aarchaic - 2012-08-03 07:37

      They working with peoples Lives and should be held more accountable. speeding buses and taxi should be seen as a attemped assault charge, crossing a solid line should been seen as attemped murder...

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-08-02 21:47

    If I can get a chance of 67min to be a visible traffic cop,I will just focus on taxis stop streets

  • lonwabo.king.9 - 2012-08-02 22:59

    That's the best thing they've done in ages,keep up the good work.

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-08-03 02:26

    After few days they will be back with the same conditions becAuse of the corrupt system.

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-08-03 06:35

    August is hosts National Women's Day so we are going to do our policing job. September hosts National Heritage Day so we have another motivation to do our job. October there is no public holiday, so we will sit under a tree and snooze.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-03 06:51

    Only metered taxis? The mind boggles and suspicion enter into the picture.

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-08-03 07:11

    Shame that's what you think, I'm in a putco bus as we speak and we just saw one of the buses that was taken out yesterday and its back in the road this morning. Our driver confirmed it he was also surprised to see it back on the road. So our lives don't matter to putco. It does as it pleases.

      aarchaic - 2012-08-03 07:41

      thats where you take a photo and send it to the police... i think we as people just became too complient with how things goes we need to stand up and report bad driving, and things thats not correct on the roads rather than sitting and accepting its just another bloody taxi and bus...

  • festivalj - 2012-08-03 12:35

    let not be only now they do it every Month so that this owners must not take advantage and of being ignorant and trying to bribe the officers they must be very carefully and our roads and people to be safe

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