Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has unveiled an application to assist Gauteng learner transport operators with monitoring of their compliance to COVID-19 preventative measures.
The Department of Roads and Transport (DRT) working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an android-based application that allows the Department and operators to monitor and record the sanitization of learners’ hands, social distancing within the vehicle and the disinfection of vehicles before and after every trip.
Over the past three weeks, the Department has been registering operators who provide learner transport services during Alert level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown across the five developmental corridors of in province.
Furthermore, the Department has been providing registered operators with personal protective equipment to minimise the transmission of the virus.
“As the President said, the fight against the spread of COVID-19 is in our hands. This application gives power to operators to record their compliance and it also gives parents the comfort of knowing that people who ferry their children comply with regulations. Leveraging on smart technologies is critical in our fight against the pandemic. The application will assist in ramping up our interventions and to improve our capacity to combat the spread of the disease,” said Mamabolo.
The Department has, since 01 June, registered over 8386 vehicles which were issued with a unique identification sticker for tracking and tracing. The stickers will be gazetted at the Provincial Legislature next week.
Mamabolo has also issued a stern warning to non-compliant scholar transport operators to comply or face the full might of the law.
“There should not be any scholar transport vehicle transporting learners on our roads without a compliance sticker as it will be placing our learners’ lives at risk. Law enforcement should deal harshly with those who do not comply,” Mamabolo stressed.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport
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