Radley Keys, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport
Just how seriously the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department (DOT) is taking its mandate – to ensure that all passenger vehicles, in particular buses entering the province, are roadworthy – is once again up for question.
This after passengers travelling from Durban to Johannesburg on SA Roadlink were left stranded last week when their first bus broke down. They later had to find other means of transport when a second SA Roadlink despatched to them was found to have a faulty diesel gauge and mechanical problems.
According to KZN’s DOT, both buses were certified as roadworthy. This begs the question – when last was either of these buses properly assessed?
Neither of them should have been on KZN’s roads. Not only did they inconvenience passengers, they also posed a risk to all other road users.
Given the very high volume of passengers who rely on such transport, the DOT has a duty to ensure that its officers are vigilant in stopping and checking buses entering our province. Those that do not comply with roadworthiness standards must be impounded immediately.