Youth feel unsafe on public transport

By Drum Digital
29 April 2013

Half of young South Africans who use public transport feel it is unsafe to do so, according to a survey released on Monday.

Fifty percent of youth questioned felt they were "not very" or "not at all" safe from attacks or accidents while using public transport.

Forty-seven percent felt "very" or "fairly safe". The cellphone survey by Pondering Panda was conducted among 3573 people aged between 13 and 34.

Respondents singled out taxis as the most dangerous form of public transport, with 56 percent saying it had the highest risk.

Twenty percent said trains were the most unsafe, while 18 percent said it was buses.

Pondering Panda spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said it was clear young people were afraid of public transport, but many had no choice but to use it.

"The regulation of taxis needs to be addressed urgently, and oversight of operators put in place to ensure that drivers do not speed, and that vehicles are roadworthy at all times," she said.

"South Africa's roads are already among the most dangerous in the world, making it all the more important to put the proper safeguards in place for the millions of people who rely on public transport."

-Sapa

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