Taxi deaths as frequent as bicycle deaths

2012-01-18 09:08

Road users are as likely to be killed in bicycle accidents as in minibus taxi accidents, the SA Institute of Race Relations said.

Institute spokesperson Kerwin Lebone said each of these scenarios accounted for 2% of road deaths, according to research based on Road Traffic Management Corporation figures for 2009.

The finding is contained in an institute study, to be released next week, and which also found that for each road death in a taxi, 21 people were killed in accidents involving cars.

Car accidents accounted for just less than half of road deaths, light delivery vehicles and bakkies accounted for a fifth, and trucks and other unspecified vehicles were involved in almost a tenth of road deaths.

There were 27 deaths per 10 000 taxis in 2009, three times higher than for cars.

“The institute said the vehicle numbers may explain the relatively higher incidence of motor car accidents,” Lebone said.

Almost a quarter of road deaths occurred between 6pm and 9pm, and 60% happened over weekends.

These were the times when public transport was least active, he said.The study revealed that during 2009, about 60% of drivers killed on the roads were under the influence of alcohol.

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