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Taxi drivers protest in Pretoria

2010-11-16 13:41

Pretoria - About 400 taxi drivers protesting against the traffic demerit system converged on the Union Buildings on Tuesday.

The marchers are getting ready to hand over a memorandum of grievances.

The march through Pretoria's central business district briefly halted traffic in the city centre but the march was peaceful with no reports of violence. There was a strong police and media presence.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) is demanding that the government withdraw the new licensing system, saying that it would cause their members untold hardship and a loss of jobs.

Satawu is demanding that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) legislation be repealed.

The system penalises drivers with demerit points for traffic offences.

Once a driver has 12 demerit points, his or her driver's licence gets suspended for three months. A driver's licence gets cancelled on the third suspension.

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Comments
  • mdbsoftware - 2010-11-16 14:14

    The system will benefit all rode users, especially the taxi passengers. I don’t understand what the uproar is about. If one drives in a law abiding manner then one has nothing to fear, clearly the fear of this system is an indication of driving style. Now just to stop the officer bribery, we need a system for that!

  • Keith - 2010-11-16 14:14

    You know what,this process is simple obey the rules of the road and you lose your licence.The only hardship you will suffer is the death caused by the drivers of taxis!!

  • mdbsoftware - 2010-11-16 14:15

    road

  • BOY30 - 2010-11-16 14:18

    This guys should be out of their minds. They acknowledge that they drive recklessly so if this is implemented they will lose their jobs. The answer will be obey traffic rule and you wouldnt lose your job. We are tired of people driving as if they own the road. Implement the demerit system and save lifes.

      wo0two0t - 2010-11-16 14:30

      Agreed - The way Taxis drive they should be allowed on the road.

  • Thembisile - 2010-11-16 14:31

    Something is seriuosly wrong with some people in South Africa, this system is meant to deal with people who break traffic laws and if you are not one of them why march to Pretoria. It is time like this when I cry for my beloved country. People are only concerned about their jobs not not about the lives of those killed senselessly on our roads beacuse of blatant disregard to traffic laws. Shame on those who took part in this march it clearly shows how decayed their moral fibre is.

  • Picasso - 2010-11-16 14:36

    I love this taxi strikes!! Today I drove to work in 10 minutes instead of the normal 45 minutes. The taxi rank in Bloed Street is normally a nightmare.

  • scott - 2010-11-16 14:48

    protesting for the law being upheld? WTF. Welcome to Africa.....

  • randrdunbar - 2010-11-16 14:48

    How about incorporating some of the taxi drivers into the BRT initiative? After they have been retested, of course?If they are serious about driving safety, surely they wouldn't mind being retested?It may be that some of the taxi drivers are concerned that they may not be able to compete with the BRT initiative,thereby threatening their own survival.Transport is a huge industry and safety concious & considerate taxi drivers are an important component.We must remember they are entrepreneurs in their own right,too.Some middle ground has to be found.Some taxi drivers, of course, will have to up their game.A game plan to integrate all transport role players is imperative to make this work.Sisonke!

  • Michael - 2010-11-16 14:50

    All I can do is LOL. Where on earth have you heard such amazing outcry for lawlessness.... I bet you this system does not go through because someone might lose some votes. The unions hold the government ransom

  • Mebob - 2010-11-16 14:56

    I say let them march. In fact they should march everyday.During their marching times, we won't have taxis on the roads.lol

  • Phutie - 2010-11-16 14:57

    I mean this system is going to benefit and enforce good road manners unlike now drivers just drive recklesly knowing tht nothing shall happen to them.The gornment should not bow to them.

  • Attie - 2010-11-16 15:23

    i have a prt to jhb driver collecting speeding fines to and fro. can i fire him once he is suspended.warnings do not seem to work

  • Collitjies - 2010-11-16 15:33

    This law will not be passed as there is an election shortly in 2011.ANC don't want to loose votes.

  • Den - 2010-11-16 15:36

    Reading the comments below makes me think that you all have never got a traffic fine or paid a bribe to get off. I wonder if any of you actually realise that 12 points is nothing, you can have your license suspended within a few months. People blame the taxi's for all the problems, what rubbish. Mr and Mrs average is to blame for all the problems on our roads. We see a taxi doing something illigal and then say to a buddy on the cell phone what an idiot you have just seen. Typical is it not. The AARTO system will fail you and all road users in SA and billions of Rands will flow into state and personal coffers. That is the problem. Then when the AARTO system fails we the drivers and suspended drivers will be holding the can of worms. All what will happen is that the politician who failed will be promoted into another department.

      fhugo101 - 2010-11-16 18:25

      The fact is that we need to change what is considered "average" or "acceptable" in South Africa. As long as the AARTO system is applied fairly, consistently and an effort is made to collect outstanding fines from everyone (something that merits a discussion in its own right), this system can be successful. B.t.w. if you look the number of points lost for the various transgressions, I will never have lost my license since I obtained it in 1992. I may have lost a few points (certainly less than 12!) over several years (for driving, say, 75 in a 60 zone). And no, I have never bribed a metro/police officer either. As for my mobile phone, I have a bluetooth carkit which works great. Samuel - take note that it is BECAUSE taxi drivers have kids to feed that they should think twice before skipping a red light or overtaking in the emergency lane. As I say, we as a society need to be re-educated to know what normal and acceptable is. Hopefully AARTO can contribute towards this education.

      fhugo101 - 2010-11-16 18:28

      The fact is that we need to change what is considered "average" or "acceptable" in South Africa. As long as the AARTO system is applied fairly, consistently and an effort is made to collect outstanding fines from everyone (something that merits a discussion in its own right), this system can be successful. B.t.w. if you look the number of points lost for the various transgressions, I will never have lost my license since I obtained it in 1992. I may have lost a few points (certainly less than 12!) over several years (for driving, say, 75 in a 60 zone). And no, I have never bribed a metro/police officer either. As for my mobile phone, I have a bluetooth carkit which works great. Samuel - take note that it is BECAUSE taxi drivers have kids to feed that they should think twice before skipping a red light or overtaking in the emergency lane. As I say, we as a society need to be re-educated to know what normal and acceptable is. Hopefully AARTO can contribute towards this education.

  • Samuel - 2010-11-16 16:42

    THE THING IS THE GOVERMENT DONT THINK 4 SOME OTHER PEOPLE THIS SYSTEM IS NOT GUD AT ALL THE THING IS THEY JUST WANT 2 PUT PRESURE 2 THE TAXI DRIVERS THEY ALSO FILL PAIN LIKE EVERY ONE AN THEY HAVE KIDS 2 LOOK AFTER COME ON GUY GIVE THEM A BREAK STOP HURTING THIS TAXI GUYS THEY AR VERY RESOUSEFULL WE NEED THEM

  • garydt1961 - 2010-11-16 18:14

    At the end of the day, if you stay on the right side of the law you will be OK. It may take a while for this to hit home, a few supended licences etc. but I for one am all for it.

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