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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


STOP THE CARNAGE ON OUR ROADS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY TOMMY ABRAHAMS,
 UDM SPOKESPERSON ON TRANSPORT

The 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.

The 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.

The fact, moreover, that the accident in Mpumalanga involved British tourists is likely to have a negative effect on our tourist industry.

The 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.

The 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. 

The carnage on our roads must be stopped.

Enquiries:
Tommy Abrahams, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Transport

27 September 1999

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