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Taxi driver crams 40 into a minibus

2011-12-23 22:02

Mahikeng - A taxi driver was arrested on the N4 highway outside Zeerust after cramming 40 passengers into a 22-seater minibus, the North West community safety department said on Friday.

The driver was pulled over by traffic officers and locked up at the Zeerust police station, spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.

"He was granted R500 bail and warned to appear in court on February 9 next year," Kgwele said.

"This is a disregard for passenger safety and we are shocked that commuters allow themselves to be packed like sardines in public transport vehicles."

He said public transport operators should not allow themselves to be overcome by greed at the expense of passenger safety.

Comments
  • Makatikamusona - 2011-12-23 22:29

    Is it really possible, this guy must be a genius or others were on top

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-24 08:52

      500 bucks? No bail and prison, there are no extenuating circumstances and he is GUILTY.

      Ian - 2011-12-24 10:11

      Did he force them to get on at gunpoint??? I don't think so.How could any sane person in their right mind get in a minibus with 40 people on board??? They should fine ALL of the passengers, that will stop overloading!

  • Morakane - 2011-12-23 22:29

    Shame on the passengers! How do you board such an already full taxi? Common sense is unfortunately not so common. SMH

  • Jean-Paul - 2011-12-23 22:33

    I personally think that you should arrest the passengers in cases like these than we will have no more overcrowding in taxi's. Driver should get a fine, if we start tackling the problem by the root we will have greater results.

  • Sean - 2011-12-23 23:22

    This evening alone I drove past three taxis which have either lost a wheel or being pulled over for over-loading and one even lost his wheel right in front of me and skidded along the road, all you saw was smoke as the taxi dragged on the rear right axel. Fortunately no one seems to have been injured. What botherrd me is how many passengers fled from the taxi as it came to a halt, definately overloaded! This was on the Ben Schoeman highway northbound. These taxis seem to become more and more desperate and are over-loading at the expence of innocent lives of not only their passengers, but also other innocent road-users going on holiday with their family/kids! A much, much more serious stance needs to be taken about these taxis!!!

  • Blip - 2011-12-24 01:15

    Confiscate it and crush it. Make that the automatic penalty for any vehicle overloaded by 10% of the legal capacity.

  • Maurits Schultz - 2011-12-24 02:09

    I reckon over half of the taxis are run by criminal organisations. They are a law unto themselves and intimidation is the order of the day! No passenger will dare stand up for themselves with regard to safety and overloading. People with private vehicles are even harassed and threatened when taking away business from taxi operators by car pooling etc. The government seriously needs to start regulating and more to the point, taxing the operators! It needs to be sorted out now, however, I doubt they even realise how out of control the entire industry is!

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-24 08:28

      Good point Maurits, the mafia is intimidating even you onthe roads. I was there, if you dont board the taxi, then you wil be overlooked onthe next taxis! They should start paying taxes

  • Pierre - 2011-12-24 02:18

    Was the "Guinness book of records" notified.

  • jaap.kotze - 2011-12-24 06:11

    Lack of respect and selfrespect.

  • pat.pugheparry - 2011-12-24 06:30

    This won't change until the passengers say "NO! they will not get into an overloaded vehicle"

  • braamc - 2011-12-24 06:35

    Typical taxi murderer, all the same, hateful things

  • Trevor - 2011-12-24 07:11

    Called Population control.....crude but true and if you stupid enough to climb into this death trap then, you should be removed from the gene pool.

  • Pawel - 2011-12-24 07:41

    It a SA competition ...

  • Michelle - 2011-12-24 09:37

    Should have locked him up without bail and charged the idiot with attempted murder! Total disregard for others...

  • Americo - 2011-12-24 09:50

    The owner of the taxi gets the first 22 fares - the driver is running his own business simultaneously with the same vehicle and keeps the other 18 fares.This way he keeps input costs down and maximizes profits.Makes sense but it is not morally acceptable

  • Lyzelle - 2011-12-24 10:16

    This driver will now have to double up on passengers to make up for the fine. He should have been locked up till after the holidays.

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2011-12-24 12:45

    The taxi driver was soooo wrong, but the passengers who allowed someone to risk it with their lives are just as retarded!

  • Anwar - 2011-12-24 12:56

    why were the passengers not arrested too? they are just as bad as the driver for getting into an already overloaded taxi.

  • werner.smidt - 2011-12-24 13:33

    Ahem . . "Like a boss!"

  • willbeonekenobi - 2011-12-24 15:37

    They (taxi drivers) are way to stupid to use their own brains to think. They dont know the proper rules of the road, they dont care about maintaining their vehicle, they dont care about the safety of their passengers and the other road users. Yet they are the first ones to complain when a much better form of public transport (like BRT) comes along with proper vehicles, properly trained drivers and proper infrastructure when it comes to paying for tickets etc. I like many of you have also had their fair share of close calls with these coffins on wheels, so if a taxi crashes into me I will make sure I get what is due!!!!!!

  • mustafa.leek - 2011-12-24 17:48

    THERE IS NO CURE FOR STUPID

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-25 00:24

    ...R500 !...this nullifies the whole objective of road safety ! i bet he will be on the road cramming even more to make up for lost revenue !!!

  • Derrick - 2011-12-25 00:35

    A typical catch 22 situation : the driver wants to make as much money as possible regardless of safety and the desperate commuters want to get home as early as possible come hell or high water

      Grant - 2011-12-25 03:54

      Ja, I've been there. My car got stolen and I had to use black taxis.

  • John - 2011-12-25 08:38

    This is the problem, not the speed limit on our roads. Its the people who drive the vehicles, why was he granted r500 bail and let go free, this guy should have been charged with attempted murder.

  • Brian - 2011-12-26 07:43

    Agree the Taxi Driver needs to have the book thrown at him, BUT the Taxi Owner should also be held accountable AND not only in this matter in all Taxi related incidents. Its the owners that put pressure on the drivers to make as many trips as they can to make money at no cost , only the cost of life in need, as life is cheap today !!! If the owners are also held accountable we may see less carnage on our roads. Reducing speed limits wont help as the laws are not respected nowadays !!

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