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PUTCO, MECs Mamabolo and Mashego unveil the new fleet of buses- Moloto Road

PUTCO, Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo together with Mpumalanga MEC of Public Works Roads and Transport , Gillion Mashego today, Friday 31 January 2020 ,officially launched a new fleet of 50 buses on Moloto Road. Thembisile Hani and Dr JS Moroka Municipalities will be allocated 30 buses, in addition to the 45 buses that were apportioned in 2019. Soshanguve will be given 20 new buses, an increase from the 11 buses that were provided in 2019.

 These buses are designed and built locally at the ISAW/Iveco plant in Rosslyn, Gauteng Province. The total value of parts and other components in the production of a bus is around 88% local content. This increases the manufacturing capacity in South Africa and contributes significantly to job creation. The safety features include, rollover protection which received a stamp of approval at the Gerotek testing facility, ABS brakes- Antilock Braking System for extra safety in wet weather conditions and the speed limit is electronically set to SA legal speed limits.

The introduction of the new fleet follows discussions between the two MECs and PUTCO management to address road safety concerns, especially accidents that involve PUTCO buses along Moloto road and improve the quality of service to commuters. The introduction of the new fleet will also reduce the number of breakdowns that are sometimes caused by aging fleet, theft and vandalism of our buses.

Theft of batteries, diesel and vandalising of buses, makes it difficult to cover all shifts due to severe bus shortages, impacting negatively on the quality of service and affecting commuters who are expected to arrive at their place of work daily and on time.

In December 2019, PUTCO entered into an agreement with Gerotek, an agency of Amscor in an effort to enhance road safety education and introduce advanced driving techniques to Putco bus drivers. The first cohort of 30 drivers trained by Gerotek , were selected from drivers operating Soweto buses and those along the Moloto corridor. The main objective of the partnership with Gerotek is to create a Driver Training Academy that would focus on servicing the post licence driver training needs of PUTCO drivers and later the industry, set norms and standards and be recognised as the industry benchmark for training heavy duty vehicle drivers.

Mr Franco Pisapia, the Managing Director of PUTCO said “one accident is one too many, however, I am pleased that since the introduction of our fleet monitoring programme with Altron Netsar, we have seen a change in driver behaviour and a reduction in unfortunate road accidents where Putco buses were involved, especially along the R573 -Moloto corridor. Furthermore, in 2016/17, our buses were regrettably involved in 61 accidents and by the end of December 2019, the number had dropped significantly to 18. We will continue to implement preventative measures to reduce the carnage on our roads”.

The introduction of the new fleet of buses is our commitment to enhance the reliability and quality of service to the communities we serve and ensure that our more than 290 000 daily commuters, travel safely and comfortably to and from work on a daily basis.


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