Western Cape clamps down on dodgy school transport operators

2016-01-13 16:13
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Cape Town – Traffic officers in the Western Cape are clamping down on illegal operators and dodgy vehicles used to transport pupils to and from school.

In a blitz operation that coincided with the first day of school on Wednesday, officers suspended the licences of three buses in Worcester.

Provincial transport department spokesperson Byron la Hoe said the suspensions would remain in place until the drivers had renewed the licenses and the buses were certified as roadworthy.

Officers stopped and inspected 17 buses at Overhex Primary School,  Breede River High School, Esselen High School and Worcester Secondary School.

La Hoe said they had issued 31 fines, amounting to R32 400.

Traffic violations included operating without a licence permit, overloading, and various vehicle defects.

Those who transported pupils had to comply with the provisions of the National Land Transport Act.

"Any parent or caregiver with any learner road safety concerns should speak to the school principal who can ask the Western Cape education department for assistance," La Hoe said.

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