Spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Ishmael Mnisi, says the road traffic regulation has been amended to specifically include that school children may not be transported for reward in the goods compartment of a vehicle.
He says the regulation also prohibits transportation of people in the goods compartment of a bakkie for a reward, provided that the owner applies for a permit to do so.
The regulation is in relation to those that are using their vehicles as public transport without operating licenses to do so.— Ishmael Mnisi, spokesperson to Transport Minister Dipou Peters
Mnisi says school children were not initially included in the regulation and the main emphasis now is that school children should not be transported in bakkies.
From May 11, it will be illegal to use bakkies as transport for school children.
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