SA Roadlink bus impounded

2011-07-27 12:54

Cape Town - An SA Roadlink bus was impounded near Beaufort West for being unroadworthy, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.

"The bus was making its way from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth with 53 passengers... and was pulled over by officers who noticed that the bus was unbalanced," he said.

It had defective brakes, a smooth tyre, excessive play on the steering mechanism, a faulty front widow wiper, a non-shatterproof windscreen and a defective driver door handle.

The driver was fined for not having a valid permit to operate the bus.

'Complete disregard for the rules'

"We cannot tolerate this complete disregard for the rules of the road by public transport vehicles entering the Western Cape," Plato said.

SA Roadlink spokesperson Daniella Ebenezer was not immediately available to comment.

Last Wednesday, the transport department singled out unroadworthy vehicles and driver error as the major causes of accidents in the passenger bus industry.

Between January 2007 and June 2009 415 reported bus accidents occurred on the country's roads, killing 689 people, department spokesperson Logan Maistry said.

The department was probing testing stations across the country after finding vehicles failed by one station were being passed by another in a different province.

Current legislation does not prescribe that a certificate be obtained at a vehicle testing station in the same area where the vehicle is licensed.

  • chaka - 2011-07-27 13:31

    There have been so many problems with SA Roadlink not abiding by the law so why not shut them down or are they waiting for more people to be killed due to unroadworthy vehicles. - 2011-07-27 13:36

      maybe someone high up in traffic department has shares in Roadlink

      farmworker - 2011-07-27 13:47

      President Motsepe might be having shares there, sundowns is still using it full time

      psydomx - 2011-07-27 14:17

      ROADLINK escapes and evades the law because its partly owned by the Mandela's

      the_truth - 2011-07-27 14:59

      Chaka, I have Yahoo'd Road Link, they are so inter-twined with other SA businesses, that you cannot find the direct owners at all. Makes you wonder, perhaps they are owned by the black hob-nob of SA.

      Cheq - 2011-07-27 15:15

      Well this Reddy guy has power as close as Juju me on that....that's the reason he is getting away.... Did you notice all these ANC guys getting away with stuff....figure the math guys

      PB - 2011-07-27 16:29

      @chaka It makes no sense that that company is still allowed to be in business. How many more people has to die before they are permanently taken out of business?

  • I Are Bender - 2011-07-27 13:32

    Lets see if Daniella Ebenezer wil travel in one of these unroadworthy SA Roadlink busses from lets say JHB to Cape Town. I doubt she or any of her bosses would. There is just no excuses for this behaviour. I wonder how many of the 689 people who died, died on an SA Roadlink bus.

  • Enigma - 2011-07-27 13:34

    Why is this company still allowed to operate after most of its buses were found not roadworthy in the past. These bus companies should be banned if they don't comply with the SA road policies or be given hefty fines.

  • - 2011-07-27 13:35

    cannot be shut down because those in charge are being bribed and have no b@lls

  • Shawn - 2011-07-27 13:40

    Compared to some of the taxi's that bus dosent seem that bad. Is there no personal vendetta against S.A Roadlink. If the accusations being made against had any subsatntial proof, they would have lost their operating licence. Cut the crap traffic department by victimising S.A roadlink. Do your jobs. If you are fining S.A Roadlink it means to me that they refuse to pay your usual bribe. I just wonder who is at fault here.

  • Liberal Girl - 2011-07-27 14:09

    Why is it that SA Deathlink always gets caught near Beaufort West lmao! Im sorry but they should just shut down that company, because I dont see why the other companies can abide to the rules but they cant?

  • enragedcitizen - 2011-07-27 14:15

    Time and again SA roadstink has been guilty of an unacceptable standard for their busses. why have their operational licences not been yanked away from them??? typical shoddy service. But not only is it allowed to continously happen it is accepted! me thinks some palms have been greased some where with a lot of purple notes! Follow me on twitter for a more aggressive rant about this @enragedcitiz3n

  • psydomx - 2011-07-27 14:18

    I have tailed a ROADLINK bus, my speedo was over 140kmph

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-07-27 14:23

    Beaufort West is the last place you want to break the rules of the road. I sy this because they WILL catch you. I speak from experience ;)

  • thabo9 - 2011-07-27 14:45

    Two weeks ago my wife used the company to travel between JHB and PMB. The bus had a loud rattling sound, she told me. It was delayed near Estcourt when it overheated and the driver asked passengers with two-litre bottles or any other type of container to help get water to fill the radiator. This company surely is shambolic and should not be allowed on our roads.

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-27 16:01

      WHY are u still using this bus company?

  • the_truth - 2011-07-27 14:48

    Good!!!!, should happen more often!!

  • Mevrou - 2011-07-27 15:23

    SA Roadlink is maar net een van die busdienste wat met onpadwaardige busse ry. Elke dag ry daar 'n bus van Golden Arrow ens wat ook te veel rook, te stadig stop ens en ek sien nie in die nuus dat hulle busse so erg geteiken word nie. Waarom dan SA Roadlink so teiken? Teiken almal, indien dit oor padveiligheid gaan.

  • jock - 2011-07-27 15:37

    As with the taxi industry where there are so many deaths due to unroadworthy taxis and bad drivers nothing will be done

  • cat8fish - 2011-07-27 15:55

    SA roadlink needs to go period before they kill more people

  • Blondie - 2011-07-27 17:02

    widow wiper? apt spelling mistake in this article!

  • Blondie - 2011-07-27 17:03

    Widow wiper? Apt spelling mistake in this article. What a blatant disregard for life that SA Roadlink is still in business.

  • QTPi - 2011-08-16 09:19

    I was on a SA Roadlink bus a while back where the driver was talking on his cellphone whilst driving, with who?, his manager, pleading desperately for time off cos this was his third consecutive shift with no rest, and he was so tired I though he was falling asleep.. can these people not be closed down!!!??

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