Pupils lives in dan­ger of bad ve­hi­cles

Four trans­porters taken off road

Sowetan - - News - By Nonku­l­uleko Njilo

A few days after the re­open­ing of schools across the coun­try‚ the MMC for safety in Jo­han­nes­burg‚ Michael Sun‚ has urged par­ents to choose scholar trans­port wisely and not to com­pro­mise the safety of pupils.

The re­quest fol­lows the dis­cov­ery of four non­com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles which were trans­port­ing chil­dren around Florida yes­ter­day morn­ing. The ve­hi­cles were taken off the road.

“We can’t risk a po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe. Some of these ve­hi­cles are to­tally [road] un­wor­thy and are ac­ci­dents wait­ing to hap­pen‚” he said.

One of the ve­hi­cles had failed brakes‚ few seat belts‚ worn tyres‚ non­func­tional head­lights and wiper blades‚ with a li­cence that ex­pired two years ago. The other three ve­hi­cles had sim­i­lar is­sues‚ said Sun.

“This morn­ing it was rain­ing. Imag­ine what would have hap­pened if the driver had lost con­trol? We are urg­ing par­ents to put a lot of care into choos­ing a trans­port op­er­a­tor.”

Sun said the in­spec­tion was part of an on­go­ing cam­paign which was started last year and fo­cused on en­sur­ing not only scholar safety‚ but pedes­trian safety as well.

“We are still see­ing a lot of non­com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles and are plan­ning on vis­it­ing more places to ed­u­cate and raise aware­ness about road safety.”

Fol­low­ing the in­spec­tion‚ Sun said he had been in­un­dated by sev­eral re­quests to visit other places which he and of­fi­cials will do.

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