Successful Learner Transport Law Enforcement Operation in Mossel Bay
A successful learner transport law enforcement operation was held at the Milkwood Primary School in Mossel Bay on Friday, 17 October 2014. The operation was a result of a partnership between the Department of Transport and Public Works and Mossel Bay Municipality.
The operation was conducted through a Vehicle Checkpoint (VCP), where provincial and municipal traffic officials monitored and checked public transport vehicles for legal and safety compliance. The operation mainly targeted driver fitness as well as roadworthiness for learner transport vehicles. It forms part of various activities scheduled for October Transport Month (OTM) 2014 which focuses on the Western Cape theme, “Road Safety for Kids”.
Various operations were conducted during OTM 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 suitable 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.
The department and its partners encourage parents to partner with them in their efforts to protect school children. Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says they will continue to conduct similar operations to ensure the safety of children who make use of scholar transport.
“We are showing zero tolerance to these drivers for any breach of traffic safety laws,” he said.
Parents are encouraged to take practical steps to ensure that their children’s transport is safe and reliable, and that the driver has the relevant records and authorisation.
- Three taxis suspended;
- 22 cases issued to the value of R20 300.
- 99 vehicles stopped.
- One illegal immigrant arrested by SAPS.
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- Major operations and interventions during OTM 2014.
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