The public transport sector must come up with ways to reduce road fatalities, said North West transport management MEC Mpho Motlhabane.
Launching the Easter road safety operation in Mogwase outside Rustenburg on Monday, Motlhabane said in many cases, accidents are caused by public transportation such as buses and taxis, which contribute greatly to the significant number of lives lost on the roads each Easter holiday period.
“We, therefore, make an appeal to all taxi associations and taxi owners to come with ways and methods to assist us to reduce fatalities on poor roads. And further implant discipline to their members because taxi operators and bus companies must ensure safety of our people in this province,” he said.
“We also want to send a special stern warning to bus operators who continue to operate unroadworthy busses to ferry our people and children to various destinations to refrain from this conduct. Failing which, our law enforcement agencies will have no other option but to deal decisively with them.”
Motlhabane participated in a roadblock to inspect unroadworthy vehicles along the R510 road at the border of North West and Limpopo provinces. The road is notorious for horrific accidents throughout the year.
Forty newly-graduated traffic officers were welcomed back in the province after completing their 12-month training. They will be placed sporadically across the province in a bid to increase traffic officer visibility on the road.
North West Premier Job Mokgoro, in his Easter message, called on people of the province to be patient and tolerant towards each other on the road.
“Let us drive cautiously, stick to the speed limit, take rest intervals when tired, and do not drink and drive. It is our own responsibility to ensure that we drastically decrease fatal crashes on our roads.
“Unroadworthy vehicles also account to many fatalities on the roads, therefore drivers must inspect their vehicles before embarking on long journeys. Let us work together with law enforcement authorities as their primary task is to ensure that we all travel safely and arrive alive.”
-African News Agency