Call for co-drivers for long distance buses
By Nomava Nobumba
20 December 2009
Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called for a partnership between the Department of Transport and the Labour Federation in order to enforce the eight working hours per day rule for public transport drivers.
The Minister’s call follows yet another horrific road crash involving a bus near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape yesterday where 10 people were reported killed after the driver of the bus lost control and crashed into a tavern.
According to preliminary reports, tiredness may have been a contributory factor to this crash.
Ndebele points out that no airliner is allowed to fly without a co-pilot and says road transport should not be any different.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Lennit Max says a full scale investigation has been launched into the accident at De Doorns in which six children and a 40-year-old woman died.
The victims were travelling in a bakkie that collided with a delivery truck from Gauteng.