Parly: Unmonitored vehicles cause deaths

2011-08-26 11:03

Johannesburg - The vehicles transporting many children are not monitored and this is what leads to their deaths, the parliamentary committee on education and recreation said on Friday.

"Some of the taxis and buses are [not roadworthy], but are allowed to continue transporting children. This must stop," said chairperson Mamosoeu Makgatle.

Fourteen schoolchildren and a bus driver died and 44 children were injured in Knysna on Wednesday when their bus plunged off a low bridge into a dam. It has been alleged that the bus was overloaded.

The committee condemned any act of recklessness, including overloading or driving vehicles with faulty brakes, said Makgatle.

"If the allegations of negligence are true, there should be stringent action against the service provider," she said.

As part of its oversight responsibility, the committee would consider getting provincial education departments and school transport service providers to come up with control strategies to prevent further deaths.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 11:08

    Parlimentary committees: paid to state the obvious and then do nothing

      Smaal - 2011-08-26 11:10

      Was just thinking the exact same thing.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 11:13

      pisses me off, what are we paying these people for?

      p123 - 2011-08-26 11:23

      This stupid Govt, they are the ones who every day choose to turn a blind eye to the reckless, unroadworthy taxis (non taxpaying too) and busses, amazing how every day us ordinary people see it and the authorities ignore. Their is blood on these Govt ministers hands...

      Yes_no - 2011-08-26 11:26

      1.It was their job to make sure ,through the department, that the vehicles were safe.2.Parlament used money for cars for themselfs at high cost.Shouldent most of that money rather have been used for these kinds of transport.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-26 11:52

      ....and round & round we go....

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 11:57

      Dept of transport shoul be charged with culpable homocide

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-08-26 11:14

    There was no barrier across the bridge on the side that the bus went over. My heart goes out to the parents who lost their dear ones. Would a barrier have prevented this tragedy??

  • ConcernedMom - 2011-08-26 11:19

    Our children are dying because of negligence! It is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to those parents. jIt seems that as long as those in power are living in luxury and have their own pockets filled they forget about the children and the people.

  • derkus - 2011-08-26 11:21

    blah blah blah blah

  • POLAR_BEAR - 2011-08-26 11:21

    So Parliamnet are stating the obvious but have never done anything to avoid these issues. Where is the action required? Why discuss this after the event? Where is the ability and competency to act before this happens?

  • jurgens222 - 2011-08-26 11:30

    So in other words the Metro police are not doing there job,they are lining there pockets with bribes and corruption.

  • narike.lintvelt - 2011-08-26 11:34

    The opening sentence should read: Many vehicles used to transport children are not monitored; NOT The vehicles transporting many children are not monitored, as this effectively means that no buses (vehicles that transport many children) are monitored. Then again, perhaps that IS exactly what they meant…

  • MartinGibson - 2011-08-26 11:39

    Nothing is going to be done until we get the right people in the right positions to start taking charge. When will this happpen......God I hope soon!

      Bill - 2011-08-26 12:29

      Only after the second coming....You heard Zuma make that statement, so hunker down for a long wait!

  • Gore - 2011-08-26 12:36

    Is this what parliament is for --- stating the obvious. What are they going to do about this, its just disgusting. WAIT, thay are waiting for another disaster to strike, then issue another useless statement.

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-08-26 12:42

    Yeah right. That's because you (Parly) are too interested in your own selves than to serve the country.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-26 12:52

    This is why taxis and buses should NOT be exempt from Toll Road fees. But the government would rather keep their electoral base happy - they need the votes. It is a form a bribery.

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-08-26 12:55

    Oh please... You people can save your comments... Where have you ever seen a policeman or traffic officer pull off a taxi/bus??? In the free state, Gauteng, KZN, Limpopo and North West provinces, the taxis rule!!! 80% of them more or less, are not even road worthy!!! They don't obey the rules of the road, don't respect other road users... They'd pull out a firearm or beat you u up or smash into your vehicle and so forth if you even think of saying something to them. I don't know how the taxi guys are in the Cape but on this side... they not unforgiving... I'm not generalizing by the way, there are a very few taxi/bus owners and drivers out there who are decent people... but like I said a very few... Here's an idea for road and transport minster or department... camera surveillance on all traffic departments in S.A. on the inner grounds, buildings and outside the buildings. surveillance in the practical license testing grounds/learners driving room/road worthy compound... to prevent bribery on passing a vehicle or person. All in favor say AY!!! lol

      p123 - 2011-08-26 13:05

      Just for good measure the Minibus industry pay ZERO income taxes yet rake in Billions of profits!!!

      Paul - 2011-08-26 14:09

      Taxi's also get a fuel refund!

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-08-26 12:58

    As long as traffic officials selectively enforce the rules we will continue to have these problems. Nail the bakkie with a broken headlight; bust the guy who shoots the stop street; pull the overloaded bus of the road - once the owners & drivers know that they will get hit hard for transgressions they will start thinking twice about flouting the rules.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-26 13:04

    Actually it's not monitoring that is required, it's employing people who are qualified to drive and not AA appointees. The majority of accidents on SA roads are caused by taxi drivers. Wonder why?

      Paul - 2011-08-26 14:00

      How did you make AA sound like BEE? Well done

  • The Observer - 2011-08-26 13:25

    Nationalise the Taxis point 1. Now notwithstanding the unroadworthy vehicles it is the culture of the drivers that I have a problem with. If you see the busses and taxis drive, somtimes at 140km/h yes even busses, the places they pull over, jumping of red lights etc. how can anyone expect accidents to reduce.

  • Paul - 2011-08-26 13:41

    Only the innocent are monitored, the rest get away with murder etc!

  • Jenny - 2011-08-26 13:51

    Its like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted - too little, too late :-(

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-08-30 16:33

    This will continue to happen as long as unroadworthy vehicles are allowed to stay on the roads. Catch them, confiscate them, and crush them. The vehicles that is, not the drivers.

  • PBG - 2011-08-31 13:41

    While every single bus and minibus are being stopped, perhaps the drivers should be checked out as well. Driver error is the most common cause of road traffic accidents. When is something going to be done about the terribly poor standard of driving on our roads??

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