Statement by Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works
This was just one of many such operations conducted by City of Cape Town Traffic Services in and around the Metro area, targeting driver fitness, as well as the roadworthiness of scholar transport vehicles.
The operations are conducted in areas where the conditions under which scholars are being transported to and from school, are contrary to those envisaged by the National Land Transport Act (NLTA). The NLTA requires vehicles to be roadworthy and appropriate for the transportation of scholars, as well as for operators to be in possession of the necessary documentation/authority in order to carry out this function.
Adherence to these legal requirements ensures that children are transported to their schools in an environment conducive to their safety.
At this morning’s operation, I witnessed many children still being transported under very dangerous and unacceptable circumstances. The vehicles involved were either unroadworthy, had various defects or were overloaded. Some were driven by drivers that were not appropriately licensed to perform such an important function. This poses a serious threat to the safety of all the children who are forced to travel under such adverse conditions.
At the Blossom Primary School operation this morning:
I am encouraged by the keen interest that Blossom Primary School has taken in the safety of their learners, working closely with officials to identify issues and addressing them appropriately. Province, law enforcement, schools and parents can and must, through partnerships, do more to ensure that scholar transport is safer, and that our young children are protected from continued and unacceptable dangers.
Scholar Transport Safety Tips for Parents:
When contracting privately with scholar transport operators, parents must:
The City of Cape Town Traffic Services, Provincial Traffic and Safely Home will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of children on our roads.
For more information on Safely Home’s road safety initiatives targeted at the safety of children, visit the website or follow the campaign on Twitter @WCGovSafelyHome, under the hashtag #SafeRoadsSafeKids.