EMPD addresses scholar transport safety

SUPT Nomphithi Mtshali from Gauteng Traffic Police talking to scholar transport drivers.

IN the light of the recent horrific accidents involving learners countrywide, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD), police and Gauteng traffic police officers, joined by EMS, GCIS and scholar transport drivers, converged at the EMPD precinct station in Birchleigh with the purpose of workshopping issues around a safer transportation of learners.

The workshop took place on October 3.

Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago, metro police spokesperson, said the workshop focused on the importance of complying with the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA of 1996) with the 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 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.

“In the interest of the future leaders of our beloved country, the consensus reached was an undertaking by all stakeholders to do their utmost in ensuring that a safer environment is made possible.”

Kempton Express

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