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Bus driver behaving badly

2012-07-25 11:44

Considering the recent tragedies involving buses, it would be assumed that bus drivers and the companies that employ them would take into account the dangers of driving recklessly.

However, based on this video captured by reader of our readers, this does not seem to be entirely true.

Reader Andy Evans posted a video to YouTube showing a City-to-City bus driving haphazardly on the R538 between Numbi and White River in Mpumalanga. 

SERIOUS COLLISION AVERTED


The bus apparently overtook Andy's car and then, as seen in the video, overtakes another car around a blind bend. Soon after, an oncoming car is seen rounding the corner; a serious collision could have occurred.

Evans e-mailed Wheels24 saying, “The bus, which was full of passengers, was driving at speeds in excess of 120km/h. It overtook our vehicle in a very dangerous manner and then proceeded to overtake the vehicle in front of us around a blind corner."

He has lodged a complaint with the bus company.

How many more tragedies will it take for these bus operators to realise how many lives they put in danger?

Comments
  • jan.vos.353 - 2012-07-25 12:30

    Andy...... if you are driving 80km/h it doesn't mean that everyone else must also backup trafic. If you wanna get faster, buy a Bus.... LOL!

      ebon.geist - 2012-07-25 14:49

      They were doing 100km/h at the start of the clip which is the speed limit on a single carriageway road. Which is irrelevant anyway. There is ZERO excuse for anyone to overtake on a bend over a solid white line, especially a bus. That bus almost had a head on collision with that blue Toyota Tazz. It's just a pity they don't have the bus's number plate on their video. That driver should be arrested on the spot.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-07-25 13:45

    I remembering the buses in that area, when I was taking a foreign visitor to the Kruger Park - exceeding speed limits, passing illegally, even the long articulated models. The technology to control commercial bus, truck and taxi drivers has been available for decades, but not applied in South Africa.One has to speculate why that is the case. This morning, on my way to work, there were speeding taxis, full school children, and one simply went through a stop street, not even slowing down. And then we pretend to be shocked when there are serious accidents and people die.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-25 16:15

    Hey you're driving a Mazda B2600 hey - just sold mine... Anyway, last year I complained about one of those Arrow busses - tried to overtake me on a traffic light, then almost side swiped me and drove up my rear. At the next set of lights he sat in his cabin throwing zap signs at me. Anyway, if my girlfriend wasn't with me I would have got out and smashed his window I was so the hell'n.

  • hilton.camons.1 - 2012-07-25 16:25

    Pity you didn't catch the bus number or the license plate - the driver should be dismissed!

  • peter.allderman - 2012-07-28 12:53

    The bus driver is a criminal. However the fact that cars passed the one taking the video raises the question of how many cars were stuck behind those two? The road ordinance places an obligation on the driver in the car in front to facilitate an overtaking manoeuvre on becoming aware that the driver behind wishes to overtake. If the two cars at the front of that queue want to cause aggravation they really ought not to complain if they are caught up in an accident because their frustration has got the better of them.

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