Be careful of illegal taxi operators on our roads

2017-07-20 06:01
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A casual observation of our modes of transport in the township reveals that the total overhaul and transformation from old type Valiant and Toyota Cressida sedan cars to the present Avanzas is near completion.

Very few of the former remain on our roads today, barring an odd here and there.

Avanzas look very trendy from a distance and I am sure most commuters feel comfortable travelling in them.

As we ball know, whenever the new replaces the old, people are sure to give the thumbs up.

And we solemnly wish that uncomfortabilty in them will be a thing of the past.

For as long as I have known ‘oomashwabana’, it seemed they were bought “voetstoets”, to use a South African saying.

I had even been convinced that there was a particular dealership where these were purchased.

Three weeks ago I had a chat with a taxi driver I was acquainted with.

He looked very happy and contented.

I asked him why he was so happy?

But before he could even answer, I surmised that he had just signed a deal to own a taxi, since he has been in the trade for a long time as an operator.

It turned out I was wrong.

He had told me that he was happy that his uncle had finally agreed to pay for his learner driver lessons.

In shock and dismay I said “really!”.

So he has been driving illegally all the years, since I had first seen him behind the wheel of a taxi?

He said it was rife in the industry; “Very few of us have licences to steer the vehicles we are operating,” he offered.

Meekly, I said: “Ohh” and I went on to congratulate him on finally acquiring the necessary documents for operating such a vehicle.

He might not have realised it, but the fellow made my day.

This made me realize that whenever we are on the road, lets be always on the watch, because you may never know that the person driving that taxi at full speed, does not possess a whiff of legality to be on the same road.

Every time I hear of an accident involving a taxi, I shudder to think if the operator had a valid driver’s licence.

The carnage on our roads could have been worse if most of us did not have valid papers to steer our cars. Stay Alive.

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