Dedicated Lanes Proposed
Dedicated Lanes Proposed: Metrobus has called for dedicated bus lanes to eliminate fender benders and incidents. The bus company also blames traffic congestion in the inner city for many of the accidents involving its own vehicles. “In most cases, these accidents are of a minor nature, without any injuries being sustained, and can be regarded as ‘fender benders’. The traffic congestion within the city’s boundaries and the lack of dedicated bus lanes are major contributing factors,” the company says in a report to council. Metrobus drivers are undergoing training in “defensive driving tactics” to reduce the number of accidents which seems to be doing some good as Metrobus recording 16 accidents in the second quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year.
“To date, 355 bus drivers out of a total of 457 have been trained,” says the report. In addition to lanes for bicycles and Rea Vaya BRT buses, it is planning more for other public transport modes such as taxis. It is also erecting a permanent dedicated public transport loop around Sandton, to start operating by year-end. “We want public transport to have priority, to make public transport speedier and more attractive than private-car use, especially to busy CBDs,” said Lisa Seftel, the city’s executive director of transport, earlier this month. Metrobus continues to battle to provide its passengers with a reliable service. Its aged fleet caused the unavailability of 110 on average per day, despite taking ownership of 90 additional buses – 75 new and 15 leased buses. The City of Johannesburg looks set to become increasingly less friendly towards private cars.