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THE country has endured too much grief and hardship, plus millions of rands in costs, because of drivers who were too tired to be behind the wheel.
Countless unlucky families lost loved ones and others have been left destitute, while some people have become paraplegics.
These calamities were visited on our roads by people who were not fit to drive.
That is why we all have to shout, "Ride on Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele!", after his statement on Sunday that "public transport drivers cannot be allowed to work more than eight-hour shifts".
Ndebele is proposing a partnership between his department and labour to push for the establishment of such a rule.
The minister is also calling on drivers to refuse to work more than the proposed period.
At the last count the death toll on our roads this year was slightly more than 500 after a bus crash in eastern Cape claimed 10 lives.
According to Ndebele's department this tragedy happened because of suspected driver fatigue.
It is mind-boggling why no legislation is already in place to limit the number of hours drivers must work. It will help reduce the dangers on our roads.
We go further and urge the minister to be more emphatic and declare that such drivers MUST NOT - not cannot - do an eight-hour shift.
Every responsible citizen must embrace the call.
We have hastily pushed laws though Parliament before and the eight-hour limit on drivers must be done even quicker.