Illegal to transport schoolchildren in bakkies for profit from 11 May

In November 2016 the government published two amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations in the national government gazette.

One of the regulations pertains to laws regulating the transportation of school children. As of 11 May it will be illegal to use bakkies as paid transport for schoolchildren.

What the law said previously, was that, no person, shall on a public road, carry any person for reward in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle.

Howard Dembovsky, National Chairman of the Justice Project South Africa

Dembovsky explains that the law now stipulates that no person shall on a public road convey school children in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle for rewards.

He adds that Subsection (2) of regulation 250, however, prohibits any person from conveying persons (children and adults) in the goods compartment of a bakkie or truck for reward unless they possess a permit issued in terms of the National Land Transport Act, 2009 (Act 5 of 2009).

What that in fact means is that one will be able to apply for, pay for and acquire a permit to transport people for a reward in the back of a bakkie provided that you go to the department of transport and pay for that privilege.

Howard Dembovsky, National Chairman of the Justice Project South Africa

If you are getting money for it, you need a permit. If you are not getting money for it you can transport anyone of any age in the back of a bakkie.

Howard Dembovsky, National Chairman of the Justice Project South Africa

Dembovsky says that the conveyance of persons on the back of bakkies should be banned entirely in South Africa because it is dangerous.

When those vehicles crash, those people have no protection.

Howard Dembovsky, National Chairman of the Justice Project South Africa

Dembovsky adds that even carrying tools with passengers in the back of a bakkie is illegal.

For the full interview listen to the audio below:

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