Taxi drivers are a law unto themselves

2015-12-03 06:00

HOW many readers have experienced the manner in which taxi drivers operate on the South Coast?

It has become the norm for them to pull off anywhere along Marine Drive and load or unload passengers. They then take off without considering vehicles coming up behind them. A favourite is to pull in at stop streets (or just beyond this) where side roads join the main road preventing road users to get onto Marine Drive until they move on or have found out you can use glide-off roads to circumvent traffic lights.

I saw a traffic officer in Port Shepstone just sounding his siren and waving to a driver (who ignores him) to move on, and then the officer just carried on driving.

This reckless driving reaches new levels on the Izotsha road by some taxi drivers. I believe something has to be done, particularly about this before we have a serious accident. Without any care for their passengers and fellow road users, they will overtake on solid barrier lines and squeeze in when they see oncoming traffic forcing you to brake to allow this road hog to slip in.

This morning I was travelling behind two cars near the Rivermeade bridge with oncoming traffic. A taxi driver overtook me for the sake of overtaking and forced me to brake otherwise there would have been a collision in which I would have been one of the innocent parties. This is not an isolated incident and happens regularly of this stretch of road.

I cannot understand why commuters do not report the driver or are they prepared to be the next road casualty. As with Marine Drive they also stop anywhere they like to load or unload passengers.

Where are our law enforcement officers or are they scared we will have taxi blockades due to taxi drivers been “victimised” or do we have to have a commission of inquiry from the province to determine what happened after a serious accident has occurred.

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