Roadlink has 'contempt of traffic laws'

BUS company Roadlink is to be summoned to a meeting with Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle after another of its buses was found breaking the law.

BUS company Roadlink is to be summoned to a meeting with Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle after another of its buses was found breaking the law.

The meeting will take place this week, Carlisle's office said in a statement yesterday.

Carlisle would ask Roadlink "to explain why its buses continue to disregard traffic and transportation laws".

This followed reports that a Roadlink bus was pulled over on the N1 near the Huguenot Tunnel on Friday night for travelling without an operating licence.

"Carlisle is outraged by the fact that the same bus is still serving a suspension notice for a previous traffic offence," the statement said.

"The mere fact that Roadlink knew that the bus was suspended and still sent it [out on] the road is a reflection of its utter contempt for traffic laws."

Carlisle was consulting legal advisers about the possibility of confiscation.

Two months ago seven people died and 50 were injured when a Roadlink bus crashed on the N1 en route from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Traffic authorities said the bus was breaching its permit conditions by travelling on the N1.

A second Roadlink bus sent to pick up stranded survivors in Beaufort West was found to be unroadworthy.

The permit of the replacement bus allowed it to travel only from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

In January this year, following a crash in which 11 people died, then KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport Bheki Cele described Roadlink's buses as "coffins on wheels".

Cele suspended Roadlink's operations in the province, but the company obtained an interdict reversing the order. - Sapa

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