Calls for stricter rules when transporting people on bakkies in South Africa

The Western Cape’s Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer has referred to as for stricter nationwide laws to be launched across the transportation of employees on the again of open bakkies.

Meyer mentioned that the present laws aren’t strict sufficient on the variety of people to be loaded behind a bakkie or a truck.

“No legislation determines the variety of people to be loaded behind a bakkie or a truck. The solely solution to decide whether or not a truck is overloaded is by weighing it on the weighbridge.

“Doing so is also a challenge as body weight differs from the goods load usually transported by heavy vehicles.”

Meyer mentioned that Transport minister Fikile Mbalula ought to amend the present regulation 247 of the nationwide transport laws.

“The Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bongikosi Madikizela and I agree that the protected, dignified transport of agri-workers is a precedence for the Western Cape Government.

“For this reason, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Technical Committee on Rural Safety will also be considering making agri-worker worker transport a focus area of its rural safety plan.”

Meyer added that the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Planning is now giving critical consideration to agri-worker transport.

The committee resolved to assist Agri Western Cape and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s advice that employers arranging transport for agri-workers should be certain that:

  • No greater than 50% of the licensed capability of the automobile or vessel is exceeded, and
  • All instructions relating to hygienic situations and the limitation of publicity to individuals with Covid-19 are adhered to by all involved.

“The transporting of agri-workers on open trucks poses a significant threat to the safety of agri-workers,” he mentioned.

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