18 children injured in Durban taxi accident

The taxi that was transporting the kids to school.( PHOTO: Rescue Care Twitter)
The taxi that was transporting the kids to school.( PHOTO: Rescue Care Twitter)

18 children were left injured after a mini-bus taxi transporting them to school was involved in a collision in New Germany, Durban.

According to Rescue Care Spokesperson Garrith Jamieson the accident involved the taxi which was carrying the school children and a smaller Chevrolet bakkie.

“There were no fatal injuries fortunately, but all the children were transported to the hospital with injuries as a result of the accident.”

“I am not sure if the taxi was overloaded or not, but I can confirm that a total of 18 children and three adults were injured as a result of the accident.”

What to know about transporting kids to school

In 2016 Government has published two amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations in its National Gazette (No. 40420).

These state state that school children may not be transported for reward in the goods compartment of a vehicle.

According to the city of Cape Town’s regulations on transportation for children, vehicles used for scholar transport must:

·         be less than 12 years old be registered and licensed in the Western Cape

·         be tested at a roadworthy centre every six months

·         have a valid operating licence have a special vehicle fitness certificate

·         clearly stipulate the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle

·         have a seatbelt for every child and a car seat for those younger than three years

·         be clearly marked as a ‘scholar transport’ vehicle

·         have a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit on board

·         have a passenger list of all of the children who are being transported

·         have copies of each child’s birth certificate or identity document (ID) on board in case of an accident