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Creecy monitors school buses

MEC Barbara Creecy says bus owners will be given a week to fix faulty school buses.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy. Picture: Tumisang Ndlovu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There have only been two accidents involving transport vehicles for scholars in Gauteng since 2011, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Thursday.

Creecy attributed this to the continuous testing of its fleet which transports more than 50,000 pupils to school.

A joint operation by the MEC's office and the Community Safety Department saw 485 buses undergo roadworthy tests this week.

Creecy, who monitored the process at the Randburg Testing Station on Thursday, said at least 203 of the 485 buses that were tested failed.

"There are approximately 700 buses and the fleet is provided by a total of 117 service providers. The owners [of the vehicles] will be given a list of the things they have to fix."

The MEC said the providers will be given seven days to fix faulty areas of the busses.