Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Roads and Transport
The DA in Gauteng welcomes Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi’s assurances that no new licences for ‘in-house’ bus testing stations will be issued.
In response to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday Vadi agreed with the DA that so-called ‘in-house’ testing stations such as the one at Putco’s New Canada depot in Johannesburg were undesirable.
Although these stations are supposed to be fully independent Vadi concurred that stations will always appear to be biased in favour of the institution at which they operate.
The question was raised following the tragic bus accident in Meyerton in June in this year when 20 passengers on a Putco bus lost their lives.
Controversy exists because the bus had been declared un-roadworthy a week before the accident by Meyerton traffic police after failing a test at the Meyerton test station. Subsequently, only a few days later and just before the accident it passed a test at the New Canada Putco depot ‘in-house’ testing station.
The DA agrees with Vadi that the results of the investigations into both the accident and the testing stations are critical in determining exactly what went wrong with the bus or driver or both.