Western Cape transport officials are taking major steps to improve safety at level crossings.
The department is planning to phase out existing stop signs and eventually install traffic lights at a number of level crossings across the province.
This can only be given the green light once the country's road traffic signs manual has been updated.
The Western Cape Transport Department's Hector Elliot said the idea behind using traffic lights stemmed from the fact that motorists often blatantly disregard the stop signs.
"What is really apparent is that people do not respect the stop signs at level crossings. They drive straight through it. They do it because there is no train in sight so they ask themselves why should they stop."
Elliot said they were determined to make level crossings safer.
In 2010, taxi driver Jacob Humphreys ignored safety signals at the Buttskop level crossing while transporting 10 children to school.
He overtook a number of cars and crossed the tracks. An oncoming train hit his taxi and killed the children.
Humphreys was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.