How safe are children who make use of public transport to get to school?

Four primary school children were rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital on Thursday morning after they fell out of the back window of a Golden Arrow bus on the N2 highway.

The kids were apparently playing in the bus when they fell against the window and it popped out.

Pippa Hudson spoke to Professor Sebastian Van As, National President ChildSafe to find out what can be done to insure children's safety on-route to school.

Road crashes are a tremendous cause of disaster in this country

Prof. Sebastian Van As, National President ChildSafe

Two years ago Child Safe and the South African Department of Transport announced that they will combine efforts to monitor school transport vehicles. According to Van As, the project has been successful.

We have proven that the drivers of school buses, during the project, started driving much better than before. They actually drive safer than the average South African driver.

Prof. Sebastian Van As, National President ChildSafe

Listen to the full conversation below:

He says human factors are by far the most dangerous on the roads.

In this case the kids were jumping on the seats, which they shouldn't have been. They should've been seating down and strapped up

Prof. Sebastian Van As, National President ChildSafe

Pippa Hudson also spoke to Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Public Relations Manager at Golden Arrow who says the company will with liaise with parents and the school and come up with a strategy that will keep the children safe on the buses.

She says the four children who fell off the bus incurred minor cuts and bruises and they are fine.

Listen below:


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