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South African bus companies that have had the least accidents

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Which bus companies have recorded the least number of accidents, what interventions were put in place to reduce accidents and what were the contributing factors?


The South African transport system is made up of many components and modes of transport for people to use. Having your own car is one of them, but there are also a number of forms of public transport one can opt for should they not have their own motor vehicle.

The bus transport system is one of the most popular modes of public transport, both for short and long-distance travel. Buses are taken as a substitute or preferred option over trains or minibus taxis.

However, buses are prone to accidents too, with some companies recording the highest and lowest accidents.

Bus companies with the least accidents

A number of factors can contribute to the buses getting into more frequent accidents and it can look especially bad on the part of a bus company if they constantly find their buses in accidents on the roads and highways.

Buses in South Africa are made up of long-distance travel bus companies and in-city transport buses that operate within the parameters of towns and residential areas.

Both can be prone to accidents no matter the company and no matter how big or small or popular. Some popular bus companies fortunately have the least recorded accidents.

South African bus companies that have had the least accidents

Back in 2009, the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) Chief Executive Officer, presented the organisation’s interventions before the Portfolio Committee on Transport to tackle the SA Roadlink bus accidents that had been frequently occurring and causing wide-spread national concern and outrage.

Parliament was in need of answers as to the state of the South African bus sector and the causes of these bus accidents from the RMTC.

At the time, the SA Roadlink Passenger Services had recorded 12 total bus accidents for the period, the second lowest number of accidents, but still being cause for concern with the call for the Department of Transport and the RTMC to answer and offer up explanations for the accidents.

Greyhound recorded the least number of accidents with only five. Eagle Liner and NW Star Line both recorded 14 bus accidents each at the time.

What are some driver and vehicle offences from 2007 and 2008?

Driver and vehicle offences can be contributing factors to the rate and frequency of bus and other vehicle accidents on South African roads.

In terms of buses and bus drivers, they made 52 506 of drivers who failed to produce PrDP’s in 2007, and 27 591 in 2008.

Buses recorded 976 worn and damaged tyres in 2007, which increased to 1 688 in 2008. 403 buses were recorded to have had defect lights in 2007, with the number increasing to 3 930 in the year 2008. These offences contribute to accidents.

What are other contributory factors to Roadlink and other bus crashes?

Some human behavioural factors are said to contribute to bus accidents on the roads. For drivers who are travelling for long periods of time with little to no rest, fatigue can be attributed to causing accidents and mistakes on the road.

Drivers are prone to errors such as wrong road positioning and the tendency to overreact to incidents and mistakes.

Driving over the speed limit is also one of the root causes of accidents. Road and Environmental and vehicle factors were not considered as causes of SA Roadlink crashes.

What were some interventions proposed to address bus accidents?

With addressing bus accidents, interventions were announced, and they included targeted law enforcement on buses with mini roadblocks to be implemented to check on driver and vehicle fitness.

The traffic law enforcement code would be implemented assigning officers a number of buses to stop. NaTIS data on all bus companies would be analysed to assess the level of compliance of roadworthiness of buses and drivers.

Crash investigations were to be conducted of all major bus crashes, and frequent updates on progress were to be made for putting in place the recommended interventions.

Final thoughts

The safety of all on the South African roads is of utmost importance and this requires the cooperation of both drivers and of vehicle companies who are responsible for carrying and transporting human lives. Ensuring vehicles are roadworthy and that drivers are complying with road rules determines safety.

This is also true of buses and bus drivers in ensuring that the rate of bus accidents is at a minimum or not occurring at all. The Greyhound Coach Lines company recorded the least number of bus accidents in 2009, in a study done by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.


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