In the wake of increased death toll due to road accidents, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says her department has committed itself to establishing a school of excellence for Gauteng taxi drivers with the aim of reducing the rate at which lives are lost on the country’s roads.
Following this commitment, Nkosi-Malobane and transport MEC Ismail Vadi have held a meeting with some taxi bosses to discuss issues faced by the taxi industry which includes the safety of commuters and proffer possible solutions to such problems.
Some of the Gauteng taxi drivers and owners who were in attendance at the meeting called on the authorities to step in and help them deal with other bosses who are feared in the industry.
“Can we revoke the revoke their permits in terms of these misdemeanours? I know that in we are in an industry where if you talk a lot you might not see tomorrow.”
Nkosi-Malobane talked about the roadshows that will be held at the end of this month where Gauteng taxi drivers will be trained to drive safely and there will also be visits by officials at various ranks across the province.
Some taxi owners also called on the government to discipline the law enforcement officials who are allegedly involved in corrupt activities in the sector.
During the Easter celebrations this year, KwaZulu-Natal provincial transport department reported that a total of 200 drivers were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. More than 2000 vehicles was spotted exiting the province per hour as the Easter short break came to an end.
However, preliminary report released by the Transport Minister Dipuo Peters in Pretoria after the Easter celebrations shows that 156 deaths were recorded in road accidents during this year’s Easter celebrations.
This is an indication that the statistics reduced drastically when compared to 287 Easter fiesta road deaths that was recorded during the same period last year.