The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Neil Campbell MPL, Justus de Goede MPL and Graham Gersbach MPL during a debate on the Gauteng Roads & Transport department.
Neil Campbell MPL
“Concerted and proactive departmental efforts key to achieving road safety targets”
- The underfunded Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport must prioritise projects by value for money
- Tough dialogue must take place in order to deal with taxi violence, flouting of traffic laws, operating licence delays and taxi subsidisation on the agenda.
- The DA is pleased with planned revitalisation projects as rail must become the backbone of passenger and freight transport.
- Arbitrary bus contract renewals must stop and a real route and subsidy needs-analysis and longer contracts which allow bus recapitalisation must start.
- To obtain a licence many would-be drivers bribe officials who allow untested drivers loose on our roads while un-roadworthy vehicles are passed by corrupt testers
Justus de Goede MPL
“Public transport crucial to efficient Roads & Transport department”
- The Province has to take the lead in assisting municipalities to cope with rising demand for services.
- Gauteng has a backlog of 10 000 transport operating licences and officials have lost hope with no catch- up plan.
- The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has invaluable lessons and support for the Gauteng Department, however all these efforts will be in vain without the necessary commitment and dynamism from leadership.
- At the root of taxi violence is a tangled history of incompetence, corruption and open contempt for the law.
- Public transport is essential to this province and it is very concerning that a Committee visit to a Johannesburg testing facility revealed that almost 70% of heavy vehicles tested had potential lethal flaws.
Graham Gersbach MPL
“Residents need accessible ways of reporting road infrastructure issues”
- The residents of Bonaero Park, Bredell and neighbouring suburbs have expressed their thanks for the on-going rehabilitation of the lighting at the Atlas Road off ramp.
- The department should strengthen relations with municipalities in order to provide a simple and accessible process of reporting road infrastructural issues.