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Pretoria - The operators of unroadworthy vehicles for public transport should face harsh consequences, the Road and Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.
“Our people (passengers) are forced to sit in a taxi which is in absolutely no condition to be on the road,” RTMC acting CEO Gilberto Martins said in Pretoria.
“Reality is that there are trucks, vehicles and buses which are getting licences illegally.”
Martins said one of the reasons for this was corruption.
“Certainly, corruption is a problem. We need a behavioural change on our roads. When you are stopped (by a police officer) and you are doing the right speed, you give over your card (licence) and there shouldn’t be a problem.”
RTMC officials were invited on Wednesday to inspect the Salvokop, Pretoria, service and maintenance depot of Autopax, a bus company owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).
Autopax operates more than 100 buses under the brands Translux and City-to-City.
A declaration of intent was signed by Martins and Autopax CEO Tumisang Kgaboesele, committing the bus company to uphold and enforce road rules and regulations.
Kgaboesele urged passengers to use the safety belts fitted in all long distance buses at all times.
“Results from examination of our crashed buses over the past three years indicate that had the people been wearing seat belts, they would have survived,” said Kgaboesele.
“We have introduced monitoring for our buses through a tracking device which sends alarm when the speed limit has been exceeded and we contact the driver.”
He said a Translux bus driver photographed last year by a member of the public allegedly overtaking on a solid white line had been dismissed.
The offence occurred about 50km before Touws Rivier on the N1 route.