Wednesday, December 17, 2008

City Traffic services check long distance buses

By Sasha Forbes
17 December 2008


To ensure that city holiday-makers have a safe trip to the Eastern Cape, City Traffic Officers conducted safety inspections on long distance buses at the Joe Gqabi Transport Interchange and as well as the informal bus terminus in Langa.

Spokesperson for Traffic Services Merle Lourens said that “busses and taxis were subjected to the SABS airbrake test and it was found that 8 of the 66-seater buses had problematic brakes.”

According to Lourens in some cases load sensors had been disconnected and rear brake drums were covered in grease. “Passengers were asked to get off the buses and we put them into roadworthy buses. Trailers hitched to taxis were also checked and it was found that the wheel bearings on several trailers were loose” said Lourens

In all, 191 buses and 62 mini-buses, carrying 7674 passengers, were inspected at the Interchange.

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