TRANSPORT MONTH IN FULL SWING
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
October is National Transport Month and celebrates the developments in the transport sector and infrastructure in South Africa.
The Transport Department will be celebrating this month under the theme “Celebrating 20 years of delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services”.
During this month, the Minister of Transport Elizabeth Dipuo Peters will be tackling issues around achievements by government in delivering integrated transport systems in South Africa, road safety initiatives aimed at reducing road carnage, job creation, infrastructure development and improvement and skills development.
The Transport Department has been in the news for the last couple of years and recent months due to the amount of accidents on South African roads, many of them being caused by reckless driving and drinking and driving.
Rail, maritime, aviation, road and public transport are all under the Department of Transport, but the public transport seems to be the one that is less manageable.
According to the eThekwini Metro Police stats, mini bus taxis have the most fines for traffic offences and cause the most accidents on Durban roads.
According to the stats, the Toyota Hiace is the most dangerous vehicle on KZN roads.
Four of the five top worst offenders belong to one taxi owner and one could easily argue that it is a clear indication that there is arrogance and negligence from the owner and drivers.
During this month, Peters is however expected to focus less on celebrating achievements, and rather dig deeper on the problem at hand. It is no secret that many people are dying on South Africans roads and with the festive season ahead, a lot still has to be done to curb such deaths.