Taxi deaths as frequent as bike deaths

2012-01-18 12:20
Johannesburg - Road users are as likely to be killed in bicycle accidents as in minibus taxi accidents, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Wednesday.

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

The finding is contained in an SAIRR study, to be released next week, and which also found that for each road death in a minibus 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 minibus 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 18:00 and 21:00, 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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