Minibus taxis and busses will be receiving special attention this week for the festive season to make sure that public transport vehicles are fit and roadworthy. Minibus taxis and busses account for approximately 10 percent of motor vehicles that get involved in fatal crashes on the South Africa roads.
According to Arrive Alive, this was decided at a special National Road Safety Steering Committee meeting that involved traffic chiefs from all provinces and major metros. This initiative will ensure that public transport vehicles with significant defects are removed from the road.
In addition, an agreement was reached on a “festive season road safety law enforcement plan” which Minister of Transport Mr Joe Maswanganyi will be launching on Saturday November 2 in Limpopo.
Arrive Alive adds that these traffic chiefs have emphasized that they will be adopting a “no – nonsense” approach. This will apply to enforcing laws on public transport vehicles with smooth tyres, faulty lights and wipers who will be removed from the road accordingly. It was further decided to clampdown on vehicles without number plates.