Many Gauteng school buses unroadworthy

2012-07-05 16:17

Johannesburg - At least 203 of 485 buses in the Gauteng scholar transport programme are unroadworthy, provincial Education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Thursday.

Speaking at the Randburg testing station in Johannesburg, she said there were 700 buses for the subsidised scholar transport programme. A total of 485 had been tested so far.

Most of the buses found to be unroadworthy had defective brakes, faulty steering mechanisms, and loose wires and bolts.

"A lot of the buses had major oil leaks and their brakes were not effective, but I would not say they were an immediate danger to the public," said testing station manager Charles van der Heere.

He said the test included the inspection of tyres, brakes, lights, and steering.

The bus operators would be given two weeks for repairs and would be allowed to undergo another test.

Creecy said bus operators had until Friday next week for their buses to comply with road safety standards.

"The point is that the buses will be given a chance, but if it's not safe, it's off the roads."

She said there had not been any accidents involving the buses since the beginning of the year.

"We have only had two minor accidents after the last fleet of buses were tested last year."

Creecy accompanied inspectors as buses were being tested at the station.

She said the faulty buses were unacceptable as they were placing children's lives at risk.

"Obviously, from the side of the department, we are not getting any value for money.... This is taxpayers' money that the service providers are getting."

She said the aim was to have all buses tested during school holidays so they would be ready to be on the roads when pupils returned to school.

Testing scholar buses would now be an annual event after it started last year.

"We feel that this process is yielding fruit. We are scared to say that there will be no accidents but we feel that we are taking precautions in the interest of our children."

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-05 16:27

    COF every 6 months for school busses

      raymond.billson - 2012-07-05 17:10

      an absolute pre-rerquisite - i do aggree - never mind an alcolhol test for the driver.

  • Adam - 2012-07-05 16:31

    WOW...isn't this a good score for our education department, and since when have the government ever worried about spending tax payers money.

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-05 16:32

    Good to see some action being taken and that some thought was put into when this was undertaken (school holidays)

  • mccombero - 2012-07-05 16:37

    "A lot of the buses had major oil leaks and their brakes were not effective, but I would not say they were an immediate danger to the public," said testing station manager Charles van der Heere. WTF !! What planet is this guy living on !!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-05 16:50

    And what about our public transport "death on wheels" minibus taxi's.

  • - 2012-07-05 16:57

    Well as long as the politicians have their safe, roadworthy, luxury vehicles, what do they care about the safety of school children.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-05 17:07

    Answer me a simple question. If the general public get fined for driving unroadworthy vehicles, why not also the owners of these busses???

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-05 17:20

    Is this guy serious?? Faulty brakes, steering, loose bolts, no immediate danger???? Brakes, steering, loose bolts!!!!! I'm at a loss for words!!! Brakes, steering, loose bolts!!! Really???

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-07-05 17:34

      Yip, Apparently no IMMEDIATE danger ...... WTF ??????? I wonder if Mr Charles van der Heere's children have to use this mode of transport to get to & from school every single day? Methinks NOT, apparently? Not a continental rat's a$$ is given, I am afraid ...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-05 17:21

    Alarming number of defective buses, but at least something's being done about it.

  • mizzo.mahlangu - 2012-07-05 17:47

    The owners of such moving coffins don't care about the lives of other s as long as they generate profit its fine by them \fat cats\

  • Rinnewien - 2012-07-05 18:09

    Her heart will miss several beats when she sees the condition of some of the taxi's used by learners, and the huge sums parents pay for transport. I'd rather not mention the deafening music played on those vehicles. No wonder primary school learners find it hard to concentrate and focus.

  • Jake - 2012-07-05 18:32

    Where are our law enforcement agencies all year round?why wait for trageic accidents and then start checking vehicles????perhaps an idea for everyone to look at the fantastic educational content on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • wanda.novukela - 2012-07-05 18:37

    Ms MEC: Don't tell us about the number of unroadworthy school buses transporting school children, what we want to hear is that you removed this much number of unroadworthy school buses transporting children or anyone for that matter!\r\n\r\nHow dare you say they don't possess immediate danger? The fact that they are not road worthy means they should not be on the road, or perhaps there must be an accident first before you take serious the danger they possess.\r\n\r\nI hope you would see the situation no different if your child was traveling in one!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-05 19:51

    Oh I am so tired of this 'stable-door' approach to pretty much everything these days. Why wait for a mass-inspection fail to institute mandatory annual tests? And also the totally rubbish attitude that owners/drivers have - waiting for a law or new processes before doing the right and reasonable thing. It's this whole passive attitude and total lack of imagination that is destroying this country. Everyone's seems to expect that 'someone' else will do the thinking and planning for them.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-05 22:03

      The powers to be will probably blame it on the "Apartheid".. How dumb and irresponsible of these cadres to waite for a bunch of fatal accidents until they reluctantly start a inspection action. Bloody idiots, but what else can you expect from the ANC driven actions!

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