In light of recent horrific accidents involving learners country-wide, a workshop was held in Ekurhuleni with the sole purpose of workshopping issues around safer transportation for learners.
The City's Metro Police, SAPS and Gauteng Traffic Police officers were joined by Ekurhuleni Emergency Services, GCIS (Government Communication and Information System) and scholar transport drivers met on 3 October. The workshop focused on the importance of complying with the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA of 1996) with emphasis on the fitness of both vehicles and drivers, the stringent observance of the rules of the road, overloading and playing of loud music - which is a distraction to the drivers.
Safety presentations were made by representatives from various government departments enumerating the dire repercussions of the "avoidable" crashes in the form of loss of life or limb, the terrible emotional traumatic impact on the parents, learners and relatives alike and not forgetting the millions in rands it costs the government in processing these crashes.
The consensus reached was an undertaking by all stakeholders to do their utmost in ensuring that a safer environment is made possible