School trans­port needs reg­u­lat­ing

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

WITH schools around the coun­try now open, we of­ten read or hear about ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing ve­hi­cles that trans­port chil­dren to school. This is an area of­ten ne­glected, but it seems that in many in­stances the ve­hi­cles are not road­wor­thy or over­loaded as those in this busi­ness try to max­imise prof­its.

The in­flux of chil­dren from town­ships such as Soweto into for­mer model C schools in north­ern Joburg has opened up busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for trans­port oper­a­tors. But it does not seem that there is ad­e­quate mon­i­tor­ing of the ser­vices of­fered and the qual­ity of ve­hi­cles used. This is a tick­ing time bomb and au­thor­i­ties need to look into this to avoid loss of life.

Our lit­tle ones are too pre­cious to be trans­ported like cab­bages.

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