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Getting children to school safely / 18 January 2024

On 17 and 18 January 2024, as schools reopened for the year, I attended various scholar transport enforcement operations as part of our drive to ensure that all children get to school safely. 

At these operations in Firgrove, Rocklands and Tafelsig, Western Cape Provincial Traffic Officers and the Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) worked alongside the City of Cape Town to check operating licences and vehicle and driver fitness.

There are strict requirements for transporting learners. To ensure that children are safe while travelling to school, transport operators must comply with these requirements. It is also important for parents and schools to understand the requirements and immediately report any concerns about unsafe or illegal transport operators. 

The operator must have a valid operating licence for providing Learner Transport services and the driver must have a valid driving licence and professional driving permit (PrDP).

Only vehicles that comply with legislated safety standards and were manufactured after 1 September 2006 (except for the 2005 Toyota Quantum) may be used. 

Learners may not be transported on the back of a bakkie or light delivery vehicle. 

During the current financial year, Provincial Traffic Officers have conducted 314 operations targeting scholar transport, stopping and checking 13,282 vehicles, and issuing R3,571,850 worth of fines. These statistics demonstrate how enforcing scholar transport is an ongoing priority for us.

In 2023, the PRE approved over 1,500 applications for operating licences to transport learners. Our mission is to improve mobility in the Western Cape, and our teams work extremely hard to create an enabling environment for industry, while ensuring safe and reliable transport for commuters.

Our officials are available to assist any operators with applications or compliance guidelines. The PRE can be contacted on 021 483 0270, or in person at the Vangate Shared Service Centre in Athlone (office hours: 07h30 to 16h00).

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