Alert Level 3: Transport state of readiness

01 June 2020 | From Arrive Alive


As the nation enters Alert Level 3 today, demand for public transport services is expected to increase significantly compared to usage during Alert Level 4.
 
Large parts of the economy are reopening and many people are returning to work.
 
It is critically important to ensure all transport operators and industries follow the Regulations and Directives issued by the National Government which stipulate how public transport and industries should operate during this period.
 
I must emphasis on all public transport operators and passengers that social distancing remains key if we are to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
 
As announced the reopening of schools and the return of certain students to some institutions of higher learning this month require us to put measures in place to enable safe movement of learners, students, and the higher number of people returning to work.
 
The Western Cape is expecting about 250 000 public transport users to go back to work starting from today. This is an estimated 53% capacity of our daily commute under normal circumstances.

 
The time restrictions on all transport modes have been lifted. Public transport is now available to transport citizens throughout the day.
 
However, loading capacity restrictions remain as follow:
 
Bus services:  Restricted to carrying 50% of licensed capacity
Metered taxi and e-hailing services:  Restricted to carrying 50% of licensed capacity
Minibus and midibus taxi services: Restricted to carrying 70% of licensed capacity
Staff and charter transport:  Restrictions dependent on the vehicle type – 50% if the bus, 70% if midibus or minibus.  If provided directly by the employer, then it is considered private transport and subject to the 60% restriction.    
Private vehicles: Restricted to carrying 60% of licensed capacity

To ensure that public transport is as safe as possible, hand sanitiser must be available at public transport facilities and, ideally on board, drivers and marshals must wear a mask, and vehicles must be cleaned regularly.  This applies to buses, minibus taxis, metered taxi, and e-hailing services.  Passengers are also required to wear a mask when they are in public and using public transport.
 
I encourage public transport users to report non-compliance in public transport by dialing our free USSD quick code *134*234#. Passengers are given an opportunity to report whether the vehicle they are driving in is adhering to lockdown loading limits, whether the driver is wearing a mask, whether there is hand sanitiser on board, and whether the vehicle is clean and tidy.
 
Moving to Level 3 will also result in an increase in the movement of motor vehicles on our roads. This will be exacerbated by the schools reopening and social grants payment this week. The situation will place additional pressure on all law enforcement agencies to regulate and control traffic to ensure safe traffic flow on all major and secondary routes while still adhering to the applicable Disaster Management Regulations.
 
The decommissioning of all secondary roadblocks within the Metro will enable the deployment of Traffic Officers to focus on planned interventions and public transport which is the primary mode of transport.
 
Our focus this week will primarily be aligned to our Western Cape Traffic Law Enforcement Tactical Plan 2020/21 and will include:
 
- Effective high visibility deployment and patrols    
- Learner, public transport and freight transport
- Chain Speed enforcement
- Weighbridge activities (Freight transport, Dangerous goods vehicles, RTQS, Illegal movements, screening of loads and Long-distance public transport)
- Alcohol enforcement
- Driver and vehicle fitness
- Moving violations
- Pedestrian enforcement
 
We will also see the opening of liquor outlets starting today. Our law enforcement officers will be all over to clamp down on those who will take chances and drive while under the influence of alcohol.
 
To limit high traffic volume on our roads, I encourage businesses and other institutions to allow employees to work from home wherever possible, allow employees to work flexi-time, shift start and end times for employees to outside of peak travel times where possible.
 

Share This Page

Tell a friend icon Tell a Friend | Fax machine icon Print this Page

News Articles

13 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Gauteng: At 13H20 Sunday afternoon Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on the R513 in Montana Park Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that two vehicles were involved in a collision resulting in one of the vehicles bursting into flames. Medics assessed three patients on scene
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
A House Robbery suspect has been arrested by Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) during a high-speed chase in Tongaat - Kwazulu Natal a short while ago. At approx 18:29 the RUSA Operations Center in Tongaat received a call of a robbery in progress from a homeowner on Belvedere Drive in Belvedere.
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
At 4:35PM today, Cape Medical Response received numerous phone calls from members of the public for a motorcycle collision at the corner of Kommetjie and Riverside Roads at Silverglades. On scene, CMR medics attended to one motorcyclist who had been involved in a collision with a taxi. The motorcyclist
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Three people sustained various injuries in a collision between a bakkie and a truck along the N1 near Plattekloof (outbound) in Cape Town on Sunday evening. At approximately 4.40pm on Sunday evening, paramedics and local emergency services arrived on the scene. Three people were found inside of the
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Gauteng: At 20H53 Saturday night Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on Dorado Street in Waterkloof Ridge Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of a bakkie lost control resulting in the vehicle rolling several times. Medics found two adult males who had sustained
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Gauteng: At 23H10 Saturday night Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on the R563 in Oaktree on the West Rand. Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of a light motor vehicle lost control resulting in the car slamming into a wall. Medics assessed the scene and found that the
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Gauteng: At 12H35 Sunday afternoon Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on Tamboti Road in Roodeplaat Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of a light motor vehicle with one minor occupant lost control on a sand road resulting in a rollover. Netcare 911 Paramedics
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Two suspects aged 27 and 34 were arrested during a multi-pronged operation by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence, K9, Flying squad and Transnet officials on Saturday, 10 July 2020, for tampering with essential infrastructure and theft of diesel worth approximately
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
A single-vehicle collision on Saturday evening left two people dead and five injured. Shortly after 11 pm on Saturday evening, paramedics from ER24 and local services attended the scene where they found a vehicle that crashed into a wall at the Oaktree crossing on the N14 and R563 in Magaliesburg. Upon

News Archive

Home  |  
Contact  |  
Browser  |  
Disclaimer  |  
CMS  |  
© 2020 - All Rights Reserved www.arrivealive.co.za