Friday, December 25, 2009

Trade union calls for unroadworthy buses and taxis to be banned

By Kim Saulse
25 December 2009

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has called for buses and taxis that do not comply with the safety regulations to be banned from the roads.

NUMSA spokesperson Mphumzi Maqungo was reacting to the latest head-on collision between a bus and a taxi in the Eastern Cape that claimed 12 lives yesterday.

He called on the MEC responsible for transport in the province to launch an intensive and immediate investigation into the accident and to ban those buses and taxis that do not comply with safety regulations.

Earlier, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele called on public transport drivers to refuse to undertake long-distance trips without a relief driver.

Ndebele says preliminary reports suggest fatigue may have contributed to the crash.

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