The Arrive Alive website has received 2 videos of illegal and unsafe driving by a bus driver on the N1. This was shared by Theo Bekker on Facebook with the following description:
“I’m sure this is not the driving standard set by the South African National Defence Force. Endangering the lives of fellow South Africans. 27 April 2018 (13:30) Between Three Sisters and Beaufort-West.”
We decided to discuss these incidents with driver training specialists.
- Why do we find this?
- Driver under pressure to fetch another load.
- Method of remuneration – drivers often get paid by load.
- This behaviour is mostly found with young or new drivers.
- Taxi driver mentality.
- No mutual respect – the cornerstone of Defensive Driving.
- A lack of or total absence of training.
- What role should video materials, tracking technology and driver training play to prevent these hazards?
- Commuter drivers should be enrolled on selection – no clear guidelines/standards are available for this.
- Provide all commuter drivers with intensive training and Certification annually.
- Ensure video material like this is used in regular in-house training interventions.
- Ensure that all busses are fitted with excellent tracking devices.
- Available modern day methods of driver assist, if used at all, will prevent any driver from driving as shown.
- What should be the next steps taken by the employer when receiving such video footage?
- Consider all relevant reasons why this driver is displaying such driving behaviour.
- Re-visit his recruitment process and correct any prior mistakes made.
- At all cost, ensure buses are fitted with good tracking.
- He should strive/aim to provide his commuters with well-trained drivers.
- Revive his pride in safe driving. Walk the walk and talk the talk.
- Take ownership and head to the call from National Government to stop the carnage on our roads.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) December 27, 2017