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As we approach the busy Easter period when traffic volumes will reach their peak, the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport, Sasekani Manzini is cautioning all road users, particularly Public Transport Operators, buses, mini – bus, taxis and freight to ensure they adhere to the law, The Department is intensifying its law enforcement operations and Public Transport Inspectors will be deployed throughout the Mpumalanga. This will be done in partnership with various law enforcement stakeholders.
Mpumalanga is home to some of the busiest national routes such as N4, N12, N11 and Moloto Road (R573). The Department has noticed common problems during high traffic volume periods with overloading, speeding, operating without operating licenses or operating on unauthorised routes as the main problems.
Over and above the mandatory operating licenses required in terms of the National Land Transport Act (NLTA), all public transport operators ferrying commuters to churches and any other area of interest are urged to apply for Special Operating Licenses for that particular route. Operators need to comply with all the rules of the road, ensure that the vehicles are roadworthy and avoid overloading and speeding at all costs. It is equally important that the driver is fit to be on the road and rests every two hours or 200 km of their journey to combat fatigue since it is one of the major causes of road accidents.