STATEMENT ISSUED BY TOMMY ABRAHAMS,
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON TRANSPORT
time for dithering is long gone. We must act now against
road-users, especially truck- and bus drivers who continue to show
a complete disregard for the rules of the road, and appear
completely careless about the lives of fellow road users and
passengers. It has been alleged in the past that the owners of
heavy-duty vehicles, in an effort to save costs and in a bid to
maximise profits, do not maintain their vehicles properly and do
not alternate drivers regularly.
UDM expresses its condolences to the next of kin of the 26
passengers who lost their lives in the bus crash in Mpumalanga
this afternoon, as it does for the 32 who died in the four
smashes, which occurred since last Wednesday.
fact, moreover, that the accident in Mpumalanga involved British
tourists is likely to have a negative effect on our tourist
UDM urges the owners of heavy-duty vehicles in general and
passenger-carriers in particular to take a leaf from the book of
InterCape with regard to the maintenance of their vehicles and the
general service conditions of their driving staff, as evidenced in
the statement the company released last week.
Minister of Transport is also urged to give immediate attention to
regulations governing road usage by the owners of heavy-duty
vehicles through their drivers.
carnage on our roads must be stopped.
Tommy Abrahams, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Transport