gautengPretoria News reports that if Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo has his way, all public transport drivers could soon be forced to have advanced driving licences as a means of curbing fatalities on the roads.  

This was indicated after two commuters died and 39 others were left injured in a bus accident in Tshwane on Wednesday.  Mamabolo said road deaths had reached epidemic proportions in the province and that the provincial government would now intensify the introduction of advanced driving licences as a precondition for the employment of public transport drivers.  Mamabolo said the plan would start with all bus companies that were contracted by the department in the province.  He reported that a preliminary investigation conducted by the department had indicated that the accidents could be avoided if public transport drivers were required to have advanced driving licences.  It was however unclear if the department wanted the move to also cover taxi drivers, who dominate the public transport sector.

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