Motorist catches dodgy bus driver red-handed

2012-07-26 10:06

Cape Town - The driver of a Translux bus has been suspended after a member of the public photographed him overtaking two trucks on a blind rise.

Beeld reported that a motorist took a photograph of the bus illegally overtaking the vehicles and crossing the yellow line near Touws River.

The photograph was sent to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and disciplinary steps were taken against him.

Local transport MEC Robin Carlisle said the department was investigating the incident and called it “very serious”.

“I was told that the bus driver would not be allowed to drive a bus until the investigation was completed.

“We encourage all members of the public to be proactive about other people’s safety on the road.”

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-26 10:14

    Well done!!!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-26 10:16

      Charge him with attempted murder.

      marius.koen2 - 2012-07-26 10:47

      When can we get on board cameras in our cars, I will have so many people nailed on a daily basis it's not even funny.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-26 10:53

      SUSPENDED?????? WTF!!!!!

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-26 11:03

      WITH FULL PAY????.......HEY IS THIS AN ANC COMPANY????......O, well guess who is gonna be the next minister of transport...LOL!!!

      bonorchis - 2012-07-26 11:29

      @Marius, I use a cellphone with windscreen mount and video my daily driving. Check out for a few I have uploaded. If you have an Android phone you can download DailyRoads Voyager from the Market, it records video and photos, your speed and exact location (if your phone has GPS obviously) Just keep yourself legal by using a windscreen mount!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 12:38

      Yes agreed, he deserves to be punished according to his crime, no less ( and no more)! But you gotta love all the self rightious hypocrites on this site who are advocating using cellphones (illegaly) while driving to catch the law breakers. Cellphones cause more accidents on the road than any other single reason. I can hear it already " oh but thats different!" Why is it different, because its you? (and dont feed me the mounted camera BS)

      Midnite Man - 2013-08-10 12:22

      Robin Carlisle is a pussy !!

  • uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-07-26 10:14

    busted! lekker.

  • scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 10:18

    I think to be fair this may not be all that bad as it first looks and this maybe starting to become a witch hunt. The broken line is about 10 meters further up and it looks as though the bus only just moved out to overtake judging by the fact the photo was taken by the motorist behind. Bear in mind the bus driver is much higher than a car driver and can see if it is clear a lot sooner than a car would. Granted though he is still breaking the law by crossing a solid white line, but lets not lose perspective on the difference between a minor transgression and outright reckless driving. Just a thought though. Difficult to know from a still photograph.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-26 10:23

      "minor transgression" BECOME HABITS? AND THEN?

      leon.puth - 2012-07-26 10:26

      i agree. one would think the passengers would have been more inclined to report him if they felt unsafe. i do suspect though that the guy who took the picture had reason to believe the bus would be recless, i.e this was not the first or only trangression on the particuler day, hence the need to handle your cellphone illegally to take a picture....

      indianajohn - 2012-07-26 10:33

      Scebberish: Your attitute towards this is what kills so many people on our roads. So it's ok to "slightly" break the law? Rubbish.

      BrentDeLuca - 2012-07-26 10:36

      have you seen how many people are killed on SA roads every day? Stop making excuses for these idiots, they should all be shot and then asked to leave.

      Henk - 2012-07-26 10:37

      Still broke the Law, that is it! He should have waited 2 seconds before he over took the truck. GUILTY!!!!

      thozi - 2012-07-26 10:38

      @scebberish You're pathetic. Your name suits you fine.

      steven.douglas.14 - 2012-07-26 10:38

      To be that far across the solid line already, implies that he also overtook the vehicle of the driver who took the photo, so your argument of the solid white line falls flat on its face...think about it...

      gustav.preller.75 - 2012-07-26 10:40

      So when the bus hits an oncoming vehicle, is it still just a minor transgression? Those lines are there for a reason...

      Marius Coetzee - 2012-07-26 10:41

      If you look at the hight from which the photo is taken, it was clearly taken by the driver of the first truck that had been overtaken. The bus had therefore started overtaking quite far back while he was barred from doing so.

      afrikeni - 2012-07-26 10:41

      Wrong here, actually in these coaches the driver sits on the lowest position. For the first passengers behind the driver, their feet level is actually higher than the seated driver's head. Have you been lately in these coaches, it's different from the Putcos in the cities.

      Johan - 2012-07-26 10:51

      You are absolutely right. These oaks are professional drivers and can assess the situation better than the normal "8 to 5" drivers.

      sivuyile.mqingwana.3 - 2012-07-26 10:53

      Fact of the matter is taht he overtook on a barrier line, irrespective of whether he can see ahead or not. Those are parents, brothers, sisters and children that he is transporting. Besides, in these luxury buses, the driver does not sit that much higher.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 10:56

      Thank you Steven & Leon. Yes you are right, appreciate your decent points and counter arguments.

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-07-26 11:10

      don't look for excuses. Bad driving is bad driving is driving against prescribed rules ans\d rules are for everybody and not only for certain people in South Africa!!!!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 11:19

      My point was merely that not every traffic offence is front page news or of the same level of seriousness. So to all those with the insults rather than intelligent comment, remember your words next time you stop at a stop street with your front wheels over the line, or pick up a family member in a no-stopping/parking zone, or go 70 in a 60 zone, or jay-walking,or any of those things you really know you should not be doing, and try sweetalk yourselves out of a ticket when caught. Dont forget to report yourselves, or as some will have it, go home and shoot yourself.

      Clive - 2012-07-26 11:31

      Scebberish you have a strange way of reasoning. Almost like, I am stealing but I did not steal unless caught red handed !. Immaterial where the broken line start or end, this guy was on the wrong side of the road, passing where he should not pass and overtaking not one but to trucks. Conclusion, he was doing wrong for quite a distance. You do not perhaps drive a taxi or perhaps own one ? It is possible from your way of thinking because they do it every day. You may even be a speedcop for what it matters. Hope you not a new advocate, because they cry in court if they do not get their way. Suggest you turn in the license you bought and get yourself retested. Drive safe my mate and stay alive.

  • low.ross - 2012-07-26 10:19

    Hope you never ever drive a bus again.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-07-26 10:20

    Could the same be done with Taxis ?

      ou.pel.9 - 2012-07-26 10:36

      yes, please.....anyone..where do we send pics of taxis breaking the law. I got about 4gig's worth of photos to send.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-26 10:46

      Yes, unless the taxi driver is also the owner.

      bonorchis - 2012-07-26 11:42

      I would also love to know where to send them to get decisive action..... for now I post mine to and ones where kids aren't buckled up to and those actually get reported (or you can report unbuckled kids yourself on 0861 400 800)

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-26 11:44

      Most taxi drivers have close ties with cops and even old Cele has a taxi business with about 80 taxis, --if you are to send these photos to the traffic dept. you will soon be terrorised by police and you will sit in jail. If you want to make sure they are prosecuted, you may also have to appear in a law court as a witness to the traffic offences. So it could be a waste of time. But yes we should all do that,- it may just save a few lives with taxi drivers thinking twice before breaking the law. (note the precise date time and all other info that could assist in finding the taxi drivers guilty. Take photos of other vehicles also in view of the offending taxi with their registration numbers showing. The drivers of those vehicles can also serve as witnesses.)

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-28 21:21

      The cops are too scared to catch them in case they get shot doing their duty. The break laws willy-nilly and get away with it

  • godesha - 2012-07-26 10:23

    Good for the person who took the photograph and reported it and good for Prasa for taking action. We need more such "proactiveness" (if there is such a word).

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-07-26 10:23

    SA law will now dictate to things: (1) The driver that took the photograph broke the law himself by using either a camera or a cellphone while driving (2) Due to the fact (1) above, this photograph will be inadmissible evidence against the bus driver in question Haha. And I say to myself... what a wonderful world!

      Hermann - 2012-07-26 10:36

      Who says it was die driver of the car that took the photograph? When my wife drives I sit in the passenger seat and have my camera with me to shoot the country side. Maybe this was similar.

      afrikeni - 2012-07-26 10:37

      Did it not occur to you that it was taken by a passenger in the car, eish!

      bonorchis - 2012-07-26 11:44

      Or a camera mounted to the windscreen with a mount....that's what I have....I even mount it so that a portion of the windscreen suction mount is visible in the picture for that reason.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-07-26 14:17

      Chil man, it was a JOKE!

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-28 21:23

      How do you know he wasn't a passenger in the car?

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-26 10:27

    Take away his drivers licence for ever. Irresponsible sh*t! Throw the book at him and charge him with attempted murder.....

  • Hermann - 2012-07-26 10:32

    Give that motorist a medal!

      Johan - 2012-07-26 10:55

      not a Bell's that would be breaking the law again.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-26 10:32

    Good thinking. A strong example should be made of this driver and he should face a heavy sentence. People pay money and place their lives in his hands,the company should also be taken to task!

  • previn.pillay.75 - 2012-07-26 10:33

    He is a bladdy bus stard

  • Gavin - 2012-07-26 10:42

    cellphones are our weapons in this war on dangerous/stupid behavior.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 12:18

      More accidents are caused by drivers using cellphones while driving than any other reason. Is it ok to break the law to catch someone else breaking the law?

  • ou.pel.9 - 2012-07-26 10:44

    Brownie points for Translux, for taking such a stance towards bad driving. Hopefully the same attitude washes over to Roadlink, Intercape, Moodleys, etc. I often find that one has to speed up to at least 140km/h to stay behind some of these buses on the road. And they all sporting the compulsory 100KM/H signage stickers. This is another point that will help to prove to our tree/bush dwelling traffic enforcers, that visible policing during ALL hours, is more constructive.

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-07-26 10:48

    Not the same bus company this one Golden Arrow,numerous complaints about them in Edgemead.Walking my dog one morning could not believe my eyes , one of their drivers overtook 3 vehicles who had stopped at a 3 way stop in louis Thibault Avenue ,went straight through the stop street & proceded to overtake another vehicle once past the the stop street,obviously on a solid line.I recorded the bus reg no , phoned Golden Arrow , logged a complaint on their website( told I would be contacted re course of action to be taken,guess what , haven't heard a word from them since!

  • magriet.buys - 2012-07-26 10:49

    Well done!! This morning I appreaciated the traffic officers for pulling off the guilty people for driving in the emergency yellow lanes. It is about time that we all take more responsibility in the way we drive.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-26 11:05

    Only suspended?????? WTF - why was he not summarily fired?

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-26 11:06

    Fact of the matter is that road rules/regulations and various accompanyiong signs like solid white lines, yellow lines, boards, etc., are not there to make the roads look untidy, but for a specific purpose - ROAD SAFETY!!!!! When I got my first licence back in 51, (Since then I've undergone six additional tests in different categories after that and passed each one with flying colours) my late father said: "So you think you know it all now that you've got your license? Well, let me educate you today - now begins your actual learning process, and anything you do on the road is YOUR responsibility. If you want to prove how good a driver you are, OBEY EVERY RULE..." And years later the WO who trained the troopies where I worked, wrote a manual, using what he called ATTITUDE, FALLBACK, SPACE - and I pride myself that in all the years I have never caused an accident of any kind. And I got a speeding fine back in '64 for driving a truck at 40 mph (out of ignorance as it was still in the district and not in the town) in the Pietersburg area when I should have been doing 30, according to the speedcop who pulled me off. Fine? £3!!! Nah - if only people would learn to drive according to ATTITUDE, FALLBACK, SPACE, and be a bit more courteous towards other road-users, road accidents would be drastically reduced. As Daddy used to say: "You're not driving for yourself - you're driving for the other bloody idiots on the roads..."

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-28 21:27

      I taught all my kids to drive and always told them to remember they weren't the only idiots on the road.....

  • chris.lang.581 - 2012-07-26 11:13

    Blah blah blah!! That's all we hear. The time for tough action is long overdue. He'll get a slap on the wrist, told he's been naughty, and then will be unleashed again on our roads to kill some more of our people. After all, he's got 'rights'! It could even be an alien plot!

  • nathan.spann.18 - 2012-07-26 11:13

    We will be sending a photo albumn of Putco Busses indiscretions everyday.

  • brendon.lieberz - 2012-07-26 11:17

    Suspended until the investigation is completed - Then what is he back behind the wheel of the bus again...

  • Fifles - 2012-07-26 11:30

    That must have been a Hell-ride for the poor passengers!!

  • lasherza - 2012-07-26 11:38

    NICE!!! - I urge all motorists and passengers to keep their phones/cameras handy and name and shame these drivers of death..

      jack.sparks.1650 - 2012-07-26 12:27

      Is it not illegal to use a phone while driving?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 12:30

      Yes, thats it, you break the law, but of course "Oh but thats different" when you do it.....

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-26 14:06

      Yes it's illegal jack, but without proof you can't put these okes in their place..

  • tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-07-26 12:00

    Stop being stupid coz i do the same thing when driving behind slow trucks in an open road. And who wouldnt overtake dump head

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-26 14:05

      By law you may NOT cross over a solid line idiot!! No oncoming cars, doesn't matter. People like you who cause accidents - 2012-07-26 14:19

      He was overtaking on a blind rise you wally! He wasn't just endangering himself which makes it even worse.

  • lsteyn29 - 2012-07-26 12:20

    No pun intended - has anyone seen who's sponsoring this article?!

  • ou.pel.9 - 2012-07-26 13:00

    I made this observation before and here goes: It seems as if only law abiding people have internet access!?

  • christopher.pool - 2012-07-26 13:38

    Now this is good news!!

  • Lebo.Jeed.Tshepi - 2012-07-26 14:09

    Dis is nthn, come to bloem and witness the INTERSTATE bus drivers. I tell you those goes guys know how to drive sh*

  • nerina.keet - 2012-07-26 19:18

    Everybody is focussing on the bus driver. What about the motorist that took a photo with his cell phone while driving?

      FL1234k - 2012-07-26 20:58

      how do you know who took the photo? it could have been a passenger in the vehicle and mot the driver himself.

      wade.terblanche - 2012-07-27 07:02

      Just go stick your head in a toilet! A bus on a blind rise is far worse than a guy trying to photograph the idiot.

  • Sima1989 - 2012-07-27 08:46

    Taxi driverz watch-out!

  • syd.harling - 2012-07-28 21:29

    scebberish.umfasi are you serious? Using a hand-held cell phone is illegal and dangerous IF YOU ARE THE DRIVER. If the device is held by a passenger there is nothing wrong with it or, if it is a camera not a cell phone then show me the law that says you can't use it. Further more the device might have been attached to a holder. Get real.

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