16 August 2012

South Africa: Four Drivers Arrested During Scholar Transport Operation in Woodstock

press release

This morning, Western Cape Transport and Public Works Minister Robin Carlisle and City of Cape Town Traffic Services officials conducted a Scholar Transport Operation at three schools in Woodstock. Vehicles transporting school children were pulled over and checked for roadworthiness, suitability to transport children, and for proper operating documentation. The operation took place at Holy Cross Primary, Mountain Road Primary and Zonnebloem Girls Primary School.

Four drivers were arrested for operating for reward without an operating license and a total of four vehicles were suspended. The vehicles were suspended for faulty brakes, defective safety belts, roadworthiness, and one had an unsecure driver's seat.

"These operations are absolutely necessary in ensuring that learners are transported safely to and from school. This is particularly important during August, Child Safety Month, when we recall the anniversaries of the Kloof Nek, Buttskop and Rheenendal tragedies. Ensuring that vehicles and drivers are fit to transport children is a non-negotiable," said Minister Carlisle.

A total of eleven driver's licence related fines were issued, seven of which were to drivers without a driver's licence. Five moving offences were recorded for safety belt violations. Ten of the vehicles pulled over were found to be unlicensed.

"I urge all parents to be pro-active in ensuring they personally meet the driver and check the vehicle transporting their children to and from school, and be satisfied that these vehicles are safe and that the drivers are licensed and responsible. It was tragic to see that virtually none of the children in the vehicles stopped were buckled up. At least 250 children are killed each year in South Africa as a result of negligent adults who don't buckle up children," added Carlisle.

Media enquiries:

Siphesihle Dube

Media Liaison Officer

Tel: 021 483 8954

Cell: 084 233 3811

Fax: 021 483 2217

E-mail: Siphesihle.Dube@westerncape.gov.za

Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works

16 Aug 2012

Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works

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