Cash van company admits roadworthy faults

2014-06-13 16:12


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Johannesburg - The cash-in-transit company whose truck was involved in a crash that killed two people in Mpumalanga supports a roadworthiness campaign, it said on Friday.

"SBV supports the national campaign to ensure that vehicles are safe and roadworthy and are co-operating with the relevant authorities," SBV Services spokesperson Vanessa Sabbatini said in a statement.

"Even though some of our vehicles were found to be unroadworthy, all the faults have been identified and addressed."

On Thursday the Mpumalanga community safety department said it had discontinued 12 SBV vehicles following roadworthy tests.

"The major defects in the discontinued vehicles include faulty steering mechanisms, defective brakes, electrical problems, and oil leakages," spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The department tested 14 of SBV's vehicles at the White River testing station on Thursday. Only two were roadworthy.

On Wednesday morning one of SBV's cash-in-transit trucks crashed into a bus, apparently after its bonnet popped open.

The truck veered into the path of an oncoming articulated Buscor bus going to Nelspruit, knocking it off the road about 15km outside the city.

Two people were killed and 113 injured.

Sabbatini said the cause of the accident was being investigated.

"Any incident impacting the public and our employees is taken in a serious light by SBV Services.

"On receiving the findings of the investigation appropriate action will be taken if deemed necessary," she said.

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