MPUMALANGA MEC for Public Works, Road, and Transport Gillion Mashego has called on public transport operators to respect the rules of the road in order to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Mashego made this call after 17 public transport vehicles were impounded by the transport inspectors in Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge on Thursday.
“The seized vehicles included 14 Great North buses and three minibus taxis. The buses and two minibusses were impounded for overloading, while one minibus taxi was operating without a permit,” said Mashego.
“The department is greatly concerned about the perpetual disregard for the law by most public transport operators since such behaviour result in catastrophic consequences. Unfortunately, commuters bear the brunt as such incidents put their lives at risk and failure to attend to these often leads to bloodshed on the road,” said Mashego.
Mashego said any behaviour that seeks to undermine the safety of other road users would never be tolerated.
Commuters also have a responsibility to ensure that they alert authorities whenever they encounter situations that have a potential of exposing them to accidents, he said.