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“The driver was informed of the dangers of not having a functioning fire extinguisher and informed how to comply"

File photo: Dumisani Sibeko / African News Agency (ANA)

PUBLIC Transport Compliance Awareness Operations were well received by commuters and drivers during a recent blitz operation.

Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Keitumetse Moticoe, said that provincial law enforcement and road safety officials held compliance awareness operations at the Upington Taxi Rank on Friday, where they engaged drivers, driver assistants and commuters on the importance of adhering to road safety standards, vehicle safety compliance standards and ensuring driver fitness prior to any journey.

“The inspections by the provincial traffic officials included checking the condition of vehicles’ tyres, motor vehicle licences and driver compliance,” Moticoe said. “Items such as triangles and fire extinguishers were also checked to ensure safety standards were met.”

According to the spokesperson, only one vehicle amongst the taxis checked during the operations did not comply, as the vehicle did not have a functioning fire extinguisher.

“The driver was informed of the dangers of not having a functioning fire extinguisher and informed how to comply.

“Passengers waiting to be ferried to their various destinations said they appreciated the operations as it held owners and drivers accountable in ensuring that their vehicles are roadworthy and they will be transported in safe vehicles.”