Minibus impounded with 28 children

Traffic police impounded a minibus in Kraaifontein, on the first day of school last week, for carrying 28 children – almost double its licensed capacity.

It was part of a crackdown on dodgy scholar transport in Kraaifontein on Wednesday January 17.

The officers escorted the children to Simonsberg Primary School after pulling over the minibus, which was only licensed to carry 16 passengers.

Six other vehicles were found to be unroadworthy. Nine fines were issued for overloading, three for not wearing safety belts, seven for unlicensed drivers and another seven for unlicensed vehicles.

“The focus of these operations is to ensure that vehicles bringing children to school are safe, that drivers are fit and that they are obeying the provisions of the law,” said JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services.

“We believe that these operations are important and will sustain them because it is imperative that whilst we make it possible for people to get their children to school, it has to be balanced against the safety of children whilst they are undertaking that journey.”

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