15 October 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party would like to send
its condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in
the N12 accident in Alberton, involving two heavy trucks and 45
"The IFP condemns the non-servicing of trucks
that continually results in accidents on our roads. Truck
companies that neglect to maintain their trucks should be held
accountable, especially because they make drivers use faulty
vehicles for long distance trips" said IFP spokesperson on
Transport, Mr. Petros Sithole, MP.
The driver was said to be driving at 120 km/h
instead of the 80 km/h the truck is allowed to travel on roads.
"It would not be a surprise to learn that the
driver was travelling at 120 km/h, as it is a common sight that
is witnessed everyday on our roads. It is as if some of these
truck drivers believe that they are driving a smaller passenger
car when they are on the roads, because their speeds are high.
But unlike smaller cars, they cannot stop their truck at the
same pace and can end up causing major accidents"
"Even if the owners did not do their part in
maintaining buses, there is no excuse for the driver to be using
excessive speeds with a truck. The pressure felt by these
drivers to deliver can be immense and more support must be
provided for these drivers in terms of where they can go to report the truck owners'
attempts to pressurise them into driving faulty trucks" said Sithole.
The IFP we would also wish the injured a
speedy recovery and commends the Transport department on the
investigation that has been started to look into this issue. The
Road Accident Fund should also ensure that it follows through
with its commitment to assist those affected.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 082 743 1348