PUTCO FAMILY NEWS
PUTCO will deploy 200 new generation buses into its fleet in the Soweto, Tshwane and Mpumalanga as well as Soshanguve Routes. The buses will have new liveries for each contract. In the recent past we have been observing a wide range of negative media reports and statements from various officials and commuter forums. These reports and statements are a direct unintended consequence of the underfunding of Public Transport Services by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport since 2011, which has affected service delivery. The said underfunding has negatively impacted on the bus replacement programme of PUTCO.
Transport plays a significant role in the growth and development of any country. In addition to its economic contribution, transport is critical to upward social mobility, broadening access to health care, education, employment, and promotes social cohesion. Diversity within the transport industry is just as critical to sustainability and growth.
When it comes to the commuter bus service industry, a major barrier to entry has been the perception that driving a bus is a male profession. This, more than any other factor, has worked to entrench a preference for male drivers and has discouraged female interest in the profession.