Bus not built for safety: iLIVE
The photograph of the Cradock bus accident is shocking ("Slain principal tried to shield child in crash", yesterday).
Apart from the sad loss of life, one is left with no doubt that the construction of the bus is totally lacking in any form of passenger and driver compartment protection, and the shell is of an extremely flimsy caravan-type.
Why is this allowed on our roads?
I do not know if the bodies of buses are subjected to an SABS standard, but this should be revised to ensure passenger safety to some extent.
I raise this query as I was recently involved in the ordering of trailers to carry passengers.
One of the criteria was that the units would be tested and approved by the SABS.
This was an expensive exercise, but resulted in a body that incorporated a large number of safety features for passenger safety.
Not one of those safety features is visible in yesterday's photograph of the bus.