The Railway Safety Regulator to probe into torching of trains in Western Cape

In light of the recent vandalism acts on trains in the Western Cape and incidents of commuters being robbed on trains, Africa Melane speaks to the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).

The Railway Safety Regulator is a public entity established to oversee safety of railway transport, promote improved safety performance in order to promote the use of rail, develop regulations and among others promote the harmonization of the railway safety regime of South Africa.

CapeTalk’s Africa Melane (standing in for Pippa Hudson) spoke to the CEO of RSR Nkululeko Poya.

According to Poya, as the regulator, they are very concerned about the torching of trains because the impact is very big on the overall safety of passengers.

Listen to the full conversation below:

There will be train delays and issues overcrowding that might result from some of these trains which are out of service and that pose its own security risks and challenges for the passengers

Nkululeko Poya, CEO of RSR

We do encourage the commuter to talk to the regulator where they have concerns around performance of an operator like Metro Rail and not resort to such tactics of burning trains

Nkululeko Poya, CEO of RSR

Poya says that RSR is also conducting its own investigations to find out who is responsible for the torchings and to also find out how this would impact on the railway service.

He says they will be engaging with the Western Cape commuters, through media and other stake holders, on the safety risk this outbreak poses and how it affects train operations.


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