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City of Cape Town safety and security experts to zone-in on safe vehicles for school children

Last year the driver of a minibus carrying more than 20 schoolchildren crashed near Parliament. Picture: Supplied

Cape Town, South Africa – The City's safety and security directorate said at the start of the new school year that it will be keeping a closer check on transportation this year in an effort to protect school-aged children as they commute to and from their schools.

Security and safety JP Smith, a Mayco member, made the news this week, noting that traffic authorities will be out on the roads throughout the year to monitor the compliance and safety of scholar transport vehicles.

"Children returning to school is an exciting and often daunting moment for learners and parents," he added. Many parents do not have the luxury of personally dropping off their children and must rely on the services of public transportation companies and those that provide dedicated scholar transportation.

"Children often spend a significant portion of their day in travel, and we must guarantee that they arrive at school and home safely." In this sense, parents, schools, car owners, and drivers should all cooperate together.

"Parents must examine the credentials of scholar transport providers to ensure that they not only meet all of the standards, but that their vehicles are also suited for the task."

"The City's Traffic Service and its Transport Enforcement Unit (TEU) devote significant resources to monitoring students and public transportation vehicles," Smith explained.

Since 2015, the City's TEU has visited 136 schools, issued 10 414 penalties, and seized at least 416 scholar transport cars, according to the department.

"Last year, the unit seized 18 cabs and issued over 490 penalties for National Land Transportation Act violations." It's a sad truth that many parents rely their transportation options on the availability of service providers or pricing, and although these are important aspects, we urge that you please carefully verify the credentials of transport operators before signing up," Smith added.

In August of last year, one youngster died and 20 others were injured when a school bus collided with a bollard in front of Parliament on Plein Street.

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