Unsafe buses taken off Tshwane roads

2012-09-20 07:38

Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Management Corporation's spokesperson Ashref Ismail said on Wednesday that 68 buses belonging to major passenger transport operators were taken out of service in Tshwane.

Ismail said the buses were taken off the roads in an operation which was conducted in various parts of Tshwane as part of a build-up to the Public Transport Month, which is next month.

Ismail said:"A total of 128 buses belonging to North Star were tested and 44 were seriously defective and impounded on Tuesday and Wednesday."

Fifty-four more buses belonging to Putco were examined and 24 were taken off the roads.

The most common defects were worn tyres, defective brakes, faulty steering mechanisms, excessive smoke and oil leaks.

The corporation's acting chief executive officer Collins Letsoalo said it remained extremely worrying that major passenger transport operators continued to transport vulnerable road users in unroadworthy buses.

"It is unacceptable and we will intensify our programme together with all the traffic departments around the country to ensure that we remove all unsafe vehicles," he said.

"We want a safer festive season for our passengers”.

The same operation was expected to be carried out in other major cities across the country.

Pupil transport, commuter buses, tourist shuttles, mini-bus taxis, luxury coaches, cross-border buses and metered taxis would all be targeted.

Vehicles will be inspected at taxi ranks, bus and train stations, schools, weigh-bridges, toll gates and truck stops.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-20 08:12

    They would do well if they did a follow up in charging them. Paying just a fine, defeats the whole exercise of holding people accountable! Those who are responsible for these mobile coffins, must start facing serious offenses, that will see them spening a long time in jail! But we all know since the majority of people who die on these metal scraps are black, little action will happen from those we entrusted with power!

      aarchaic - 2012-09-20 08:45

      I would love to know of these 68 buses how many are repeat offenders... if it been taken off the road before and done so again why not just squash the bloody things....

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-20 08:21

    What about all the taxis and many other vehicles for that matter? Many even have no insurance cover.

  • alfred.joubert - 2012-09-20 08:22

    Why don't they do something about the Taxis that are falling apart and have more defects than the buses? Are taxis above the law as they drive as they wish but nothing ever gets done about them. Always hear about the buses that are getting pulled over and taken off roads, Take the F..ken taxis off the road.

      ajdfrancisco - 2012-09-20 09:19

      Alfred jy kan dir wee se,haal die voken taxis uit die pad uit..Hulle ry soos hulle wil..

  • bongani.mahlangu.923724 - 2012-09-20 08:55

    Mmmm... They did a good job especially when taking off putco buses.

      abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-09-20 10:27

      ur just talking all those putco buses taken will soon be on de road again with same defects,money talks man this company is good at that,they even bribed the government to stal the railway line project in mpumalanga.

      wackidmaledu - 2012-09-20 11:07

      were can i find such information u just supplied abram

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-20 11:05

    ai ai!! I actualy thnk patco must just close down..i crsly,on a crs note do not trust there buses..i dnt evn feel comfortable if am in a car driving past emm patco buses

  • maditabalucia.mmatli - 2012-09-21 22:34

    this is such a relief,its clear our goverment its actily doing sumthing.we are tired of losing our loved due to this buses.

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