Another 7 seriously defective buses pulled off road
AS THOUSANDS of people headed home at the end of the holidays, a further seven unroadworthy longdistance buses were pulled off the road near George yesterday, and Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has vowed to criminally charge the owners.
Community Safety MEC Lennit Max said the buses were stopped at a roadblock on the N2 and found to have a number of serious defects, including faulty steering, defective brakes and smooth tyres. The buses were believed to be bringing people back to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape at the end of the holidays.
An eighth bus, believed to belong to the University of Johannesburg and transporting students, was also taken off the road.
Four of the buses belonged to City to City, a luxury coach operator belonging to Autopax Passenger Services, while three were Intercape buses.
The roadblock, set up by George’s traffic department and the provincial traffic department, was part of the Safely Home campaign – a project to ensure the safe journey of people using long-distance buses and taxis over the holiday period.
“Buses transport a lot of people at a time,” said Max. “If something goes wrong because a bus is unroadworthy, it puts a lot of lives at risk.”
The latest clampdown comes amid an uproar over dangerous buses, with Carlisle and at least one trade union calling for harsh action to be taken against bus operators who run unroadworthy vehicles.
On Tuesday he is set to meet the National Prosecuting Authority to discuss the issue of bringing criminal charges against bus companies and their owners.