Bus Companies Must Ensure Buses are Roadworthy

26 March 2013    

"Having the right paperwork is not an adequate excuse for bus companies to use while neglecting the state of their buses and ending up blaming authorities for not spotting faults with their vehicles when accidents happen." 

This was said by the IFP spokesperson on Transport, Mr. Petros Sithole MP, who urged bus companies to take extra precautions during the upcoming Easter holidays when many people will embark on holiday journeys. 

"For instance, members of the Zion Christian Church will be heading to Moria on their annual Easter migration. We want to encourage these passengers to request up-to-date roadworthy certificates from these companies before hiring their buses." 

The IFP's concerns are not only restricted to bus companies. 

"The taxi industry needs to ensure that their vehicles, whether travelling locally or nationally, are not only in good shape, but are certified as well. Taxi owners must rethink the target system as well, as this puts passengers' lives at risk when the driver is forced to meet the amounts stipulated by his/her employer. This has even resulted in many taxis breaking traffic laws on a continuous basis," said Sithole. 

The IFP would like to wish all road users safe travel and happy Easter holidays. 

Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Transport Mr Petros Sithole MP, 082 743 1348
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675