Earlier in May 2013, we reported that two people were killed in yet another crash involving a bakkie carrying passengers on its load bed yet still the authorities do nothing to outlaw and police this colonial practice.In total three people killed and 42 hurt in three reported incidents on May 7 2013.THE PLIGHT OF THE POORWheels24 reader Gideon shares his thoughts:Colonial practice? What was the makes and models of the bakkies driven in colonial times? Do not blame history for the irresponsible behaviour of modern day citizens.People do this cause they have no other means of transport. Impose a strict speed limit on such vehicles but you must recognise the plight of the poor especially when the bus drivers go on strike or even if they work, can the poorest of us afford R500 per month for a bus ticket? Wake up!Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON responds:Hi Gideon,Er, Ford, Morris, Austin, GM etc right up to the 1970’s – colonialism didn’t disappear before the automobile was invented. I agree with the poor needing transport but do not agree that people who are poor must have their lives jeopardised by employers who want to save a buck or ten on a quote by not paying their bus fares.Perhaps, sir, it is you who should ‘wake up’.Regards,Les Stephenson, Wheels24Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.