School transport comes under spotlight

2013-07-02 18:47

Johannesburg - A policy to regulate school transport for pupils is being discussed in Cabinet, the transport department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said the policy was a joint effort between his department and the basic education department.

"There are a number of issues that are of concern to us. This is a joint effort to ensure that there is some kind of uniform approach."

According to the policy, people who "ferry children" would have to have operational licences.

He said Parliament's transport portfolio committee had been briefed about the policy, and it was now with Cabinet.

"After this, we will go on a public consultation process."

He said the policy would help to ensure the safety of pupils, as in many cases the vehicles transporting them were not roadworthy.

"It can't be that you just have an individual who has a sedan that has seen better days transporting 15 kids to school."

  • JMaree - 2013-07-02 20:12

    They can't even deliver textbooks to our children, how are they going to regulate this?

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