Media Release: 19 November 2006
PUTCO today handed over five new patrol vehicles to the Mpumalanga department of transport in an effort to improve road safety. The vehicles will contribute to road safety and increase visibility of law enforcement officers on our roads.
In October PUTCO allocated vehicles to the Road Traffic Management Council (RTMC) to monitor the R573 Kwa-Mhlanga stretch of road and will later deploy more vehicles to other areas .
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Kwa-Mhlanga PUTCO Managing Director Franco Pisapia said the company has decided to allocate a further three vehicles to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) for use by law enforcement officers on the Moloto road.
“We are concerned with the high number of accidents on our county’s roads, especially along certain busy corridors and we believe as a responsible corporate citizen, that by taking these proactive steps we will contribute to road safety and the Arrive Alive campaign” says Pisapia.
In addition PUTCO has contracted an independent inspectorate team and allocated them two other vehicles to monitor the conduct of its drivers. These vehicles are equipped with speed monitoring devices and video cameras.
The monitoring vehicles donated to RTMC will be deployed on Moloto Road during peak hours to enforce road traffic rules. Outside of these hours the vehicles can also be deployed to other areas for law enforcement.
The officials concerned have been given a mandate to use their authority to enforce the observance of road traffic rules and prosecute offenders. We will shortly announce the hand-over of three other vehicles.
“The safety of our passengers is of paramount importance to us and I have urged all our drivers to be particularly vigilant especially during the rainy and festive seasons,” said Pisapia
PUTCO also encourages commuters to report bad driving through its help line at 083 919 4287. The transport company reiterated during the handover that it cares about the safety of commuters and is committed to improving road safety. As such it exercises a zero tolerance attitude for drivers who break road traffic rules.
“We want to assure our commuters that we will endeavor to provide a safe and efficient transport service and encourage our customers and other road users to report unsafe driving practices,” concluded Pisapia.