AutoPax buses released following delays over permits

AutoPax buses were taken to a testing station after the drivers failed to produce required permits.

A City to City bus. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Traffic officials in Bloemfontein have allowed eight passenger-filled busses back on the road after holding them back for several hours.

Eight City to City buses and two Translux buses were taken to a testing station after the drivers failed to produce the required documentation.

It's understood the vehicles were stopped at a roadblock early this morning where it was discovered that they were operating without the proper documentation.

Still with passengers aboard, the buses were diverted to the Bloemfontein licensing department for further examination.

City to City's Bongani Khupe said he doesn't understand why the buses were detained as all the company's documentation is in order.

"We still don't have an idea in terms of what are the issues regarding our permits that's why our major priority for now was to release the buses so that people can be at home for Christmas. We'll then be taking the necessary steps to follow up issues regarding what the authorities are a challenge regarding our permits."

The bus company had to pay around R16,000 to have the buses released. Some of the passengers have complained about the lengthy wait.

They have spent their Christmas day wondering if they will make it home.

Meanwhile, a number of passengers who were making their way home for the Christmas weekend have had to call their loved ones to pick them up however many others are still stranded..

Phiwo Mlotshwa said her mother was in a City to City bus travelling from Johannesburg to Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.

"The message she sent was around 1am saying they are stranded in Bloemfontein. We are sitting and waiting for her and she is definitely going to miss the Christmas lunch."