As 1 million pupils in Western Cape, South Africa started school on Wednesday, traffic authorities urged parents to check the credentials of their scholar transport service providers to ensure their children’s safety. The city warned that operators risk fines, vehicle impounds, and license suspension if caught violating the law.
Parents were encouraged to check the credentials of the service provider, ensure the vehicle is roadworthy, know the driver, and have contact details available. They were also advised to start a WhatsApp group for emergencies and sensitize their children on personal safety.
What you should do?
- Check the credentials of your chosen scholar transport service provider, including permits and driving licence.
- Familiarise yourself with the parents and caregivers of other children using the transport service.
- Start a WhatsApp group with other parents and caregivers of children using the transport service in case of an emergency.