Gauteng worried about Putco safety

2012-06-26 20:06

Johannesburg - The safety of Putco's operations is a source of worry, Gauteng's roads and transport portfolio committee said on Tuesday.

It expressed shock at a bus accident which claimed 19 lives near Meyerton, in the Vaal Triangle, on Monday.

"We are concerned for the commuters using these buses. I can confirm that Putco are on our agenda. The operations at Putco have been on our agenda for a while now," acting chairperson Refilwe Mogale said.

On Monday morning, a Putco bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed through the railing of a bridge before plummeting 10m to the ground, landing on its side. Fifty-five people were injured, three of them critically. The bus driver was among those killed.

Mogale, members of political parties and other concerned parties intended visiting the crash scene, the injured, and the families of those who died.

"We are starting at the accident scene where we will get an accident report. This report is very important for when we look into Putco and their operations," she said.

"We will then go to the various hospitals to provide support to the victims. We are in the process of making arrangements to visit the families of the deceased."

Passed roadworthy test

Gauteng safety and security spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa said MEC Faith Mazibuko would visit the injured during the week.

"Right now we are still trying to link up with the hospital in order to arrange the visit," he said.

"Due to the extent of some of the injuries, the [death] toll might go up. It is not something we want, but it is a possibility."

Transport Minister Ben Martins has urged the authorities to investigate all possible reasons for the accident.

"No effort should be spared in determining the cause of this horrific incident," he said after visiting the accident scene on Monday afternoon.

"Road traffic management authorities must leave no stone unturned in their probe."

Martins urged Putco to work with the authorities to expedite the investigation into the cause of the crash.

On Monday, Putco spokesperson Raphiri Matsaneng said the bus which crashed passed a roadworthy test on June 14.

Passengers told Beeld newspaper the driver had been speeding.

  • Jason Horne - 2012-06-26 20:25

    its a shame that there had to be a loss of life for them to see that those busses drive like lunatics, i had a putco bus over take me on the N1 at 140kph gps speed, they should limit the busses to 80kph with an engine limiter

  • Sharon - 2012-06-26 20:29

    "The operations at Putco have been on our agenda for a while now" It is amazing that they can say that, knowing that there is a problem, yet have done nothing to address it. That does not do anything for the people who were killed and injured in the bus crash, as well as the potential victims of futute accidents.

  • john.bollie - 2012-06-26 21:39

    The busses might have passed a roadworthy test but definately not the drivers. I travel daily between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The Putco drivers are the worst. They think they are behing the wheel of a hot hatch. I have reported MANY of them. Metro Police dont do nothing. For them it is just another "ATM" where they can draw some quick cash.

  • leon.vanderlinde.14 - 2012-06-26 21:52

    The bus maybe roadworthy, but was the bus driver roadworthy. PUTCO drivers dive like lunatics with zero disregard for fellow road users. they seem to be on a suicide mission. They do not obey any traffic rules. They are a time bomb waiting to explode. Unfortunately this one took some innocent passengers with him. I think they are licensed to drive light vehicles, but someone bump their licenses to get more "black" drivers on the road. Corrective action you know. Blame it on the ANC politicians.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-06-27 04:41

    There is a general disregard for the rules of the road , it started with the taxis and now everyone is doing it .

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-06-27 07:13

    All buses must be prohibited from driving on the fast lane, finish and klaar.........In most cases Putco gets way with the law. In the morning news, the accidents victims should claim from RAF with regard to financial assistance.

  • terrence.naicker.1 - 2012-06-27 09:02

    So buses that drive in the left lane can't go through railings? Whatever. COR means very little in this country because it is a perfunctory check. In many cases you can buy a COR as well. As for the drivers , they could be under-trained , overworked who knows ? I do believe though that SA Roadlink has a worse track record than Putco , yet they are still allowed to operate ? I hope the victims claim RAF , it's the least government can do for them.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-06-27 09:35

    Transport Ministers must please investigate the causes of accidents before they suspect the vehicle was unroadworthy. Because too may things which can cause accidents not only unroadworthy can cause accidents.( Example )speed,answering cellphones while driving,recless ,ect. Even if the vehihcle can roadworthy if the driver is not roadworthy accident can be occured.

  • margot.van.ryneveld - 2012-06-27 09:47

    Now is the time to institute a class-action suit against both Putco and the authorities that allowed them to operate despite being aware of problems. All the families of the bereaved should unite to sue them - maybe that will get Putco and the authorities to clean up their act! Our people deserve to be safe in public transport!

  • msoja.ntuli - 2012-06-27 10:00

    i travel with putco bus everyday five days a week, belive me the bus drivers drive acording to road rulls but the commuters fight them they swear and bead the drivers, they complain about being late to work so the drivers have to drive faster for everybody to be at work on time, then when there is an eccident peolple blames the driver or the buses. i know for a fact that is us the cimmuters who put drivers under preasure belive me i have been traveling from siyabuswa to pta for 10 years now and i know that we are the ones who plays the major role in most of these accidents.

  • steve.sproston.9 - 2012-06-27 10:35

    When ever I have been travelling on the highway and I see Putco buses or any other companies, I tend to give them a wide berth. They are driven dangerously, at speed and have no regard for other road users. Just like taxis !!!! I suggest they have speed limiters fitted to them all - say 90 km/h.

  • Tahseen - 2012-06-27 11:41

    Its not that expensive to put trackers on busses to determine the speed at which the drivers are driving the bus. Set a limit and if the driver exceeds the limit, he should be disciplined accordingly. Why should lives be lost before action is taken???????

  • johleneh - 2012-06-27 15:51

    I have passed several Putco busses stranded next to the road with their engines on fire... (3 this year and counting..) They are pure death traps and then they want to say we should use public transport! WHAT public transport? The Gautrain only services a small area and the rest is too dangerous!

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