City more vigilant of proper scholar transport after horror mini-bus crash

Following a horrific accident which claimed the lives of 18 school children in Bronkhorstspruit last week when a minibus taxi collided with a truck, CapeTalk Kieno Kammies looks into the safety of scholar transport services.

The City's Alderman JP Smith says although the resources are limited, they are doing their best to ensure the safety of road users.

He says in the past two years they have employed an extra 120 traffic officers and they are looking to recruit more.

The City has scholar patrol activities where they focus on public transport and have impounded vehicle's that are not up to scratch, says Smith.

Read: Transport MEC slams RTMC after 20 die in mini-bus crash

We have found drunk drivers transporting our kids, but mainly we found vehicles that are not road worthy and mostly those vehicles are overloaded.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

At the moment I'm afraid it is not that effective because most often people get away with not paying fines.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

Smith says they are putting pressure on the Western Cape transport department to implement the Provincial Traffic Act and also amend the conditions of the operating licenses to include standard offenses.

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