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Taxi on wrong side of road hits bus

2011-09-23 11:33

Johannesburg - One person was killed and 12 people were injured in a crash between a minibus taxi and a bus on Brickfield Road in Spruitview Gauteng on Friday, said Ekurhuleni Metro police.

"A man in his 50s was declared dead at the scene by medical experts," said spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng.

The taxi was driving on the wrong side of the road when it collided with the bus at around 05:40, said Mokheseng.

"Twelve male and female taxi passengers, between the ages of 30 and 59, were rushed to the Natalspruit hospital."

The 31-year-old male taxi driver was arrested for reckless and negligent driving.

Neither the taxi driver nor the bus driver were injured.

"A case of culpable homicide has been registered at the Katlehong police station."

Comments
  • My Father - 2011-09-23 11:37

    Come, give me more !! Now its TWO a day. Let's break the record. What is the record so far?

      Taboo - 2011-09-23 11:49

      What i would like to know is why do the passengers allow the taxi drivers to drive like idiots? Why dont they all stick together and stand up to these irrisponsible people.

      John - 2011-09-23 11:51

      100% correct scrap and crush them.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-23 11:54

      The taxi industry in South Africa is a DISGRACE!!!

      cliffarc - 2011-09-23 11:56

      - And yet there are some doggedly defending the taxi driver who ran over Kim Mc Cusker. Maybe this one will also get away with a statement of "regret" - these taxi drivers are nothing more than murderers.

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-09-23 11:57

      Taboo - Ever noticed how when a taxi cuts you off, the passengers are all laughing - they encourage the drivers to drive like idiots too, and that's why i'd support a law that prosecuted the passengers too.

      PilgrimX - 2011-09-23 11:59

      Taxi drivers, the scourge of SA's pothole ridden roads. They simply don't listen or learn. They have no regard for the rules and laws of the road and they simply have no respect for other road users.

      Servaas - 2011-09-23 12:07

      Wow, wonder if the 100km/h speed limit would have still helped him being on the wrong side.. You are so clever Minister. Stuck on stupid is more like it.

      tiger71 - 2011-09-23 12:19

      Another f****** taxi!! Should be banned!!

      werner.coetzer - 2011-09-23 12:21

      Funniest is they want to create the Air Taxi, LOLOLOLOLOL. Wonder if their pilots will also be known as the twenty minuters like in the Blackadder goes forth

      Bilbo - 2011-09-23 12:33

      And the minister thinks reducing the speed limit is going to combat idiot taxi drivers like this...

      willieman - 2011-09-23 12:39

      Send the driver to the gallows,we will discuss the merit of the case later

      Baddy - 2011-09-23 12:40

      I am sorry, but I am starting to not feel a thing for this kind of incident. If they do not want to learn, and the passengers are covering for the drivers, then they must feel!!! Sorry but bring more of this, maybe that will put an end to these criminals on our roads. Damn taxi scum!!!

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-23 13:09

      QUICK Mr Minister >>>>>>>cut the speed limit , that will magically give the taxi driver some brains & then all the carnage will be at an end LOL

      McDaNife - 2011-09-23 13:11

      Here we go again we just had one this morning involving a taxi. These morons dont they read or see the daily news to see what goes on on our roads involving taxis.

      ZoeSaldahna - 2011-09-23 13:24

      @cliffarc, u cannot compare the 2 cases. This one was a total idiot and deserve everything thats coming to him. Come on now, u must b clever than that.

      Obvious - 2011-09-23 13:30

      Reporters sensationalizing the taxi industry. We thrive on murder and carnage. For now it's the taxi industry (which is of concern), tomorrow it will be something else. News24 just filling the gaps while Melema is away. Blaadie bla...... bla, bla, bla

      IsThatAFact - 2011-09-23 14:24

      SPEED dose kill he wasn't going fast enough to get out of the way.

      Jason - 2011-09-23 15:06

      i know what he gonna say in court - "ish mr judge, i thought i was in the usa" and the black judge will believe him n let him go.. welcome to our WONDERFUL retarded country.. ..

      Tgif - 2011-09-23 15:30

      HIACE " High Impact African Culling Equipment "

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-23 15:34

      @ Baddy your comment is scary......and very relevant.....Like saying if rape is inevitable....might as well enjoy it.....Our 50+ murders a day hardly make the news...we will get used to it...but we wont enjoy it...

      Dee - 2011-09-24 00:16

      @Taboo: Apparently if a passenger makes any comment that the driver doesn't like he just throws the poor unfortunate out of the taxi.

      Really - 2011-09-24 09:49

      Have you ever seen a black person doing anything for themselves?

      Joe_Public - 2011-09-24 10:47

      Bloody idiot taxis

  • NuttyPeanuts - 2011-09-23 11:38

    but no, 'reducing the speed' limit will prevent these killings. Get rid of the root of the problem, the Fn Taxis!!!

      pewpewpew - 2011-09-23 12:05

      yeah lol, if he was driving at a 100 they would have all bin fine, the fact it was on the wrong side of the road means nothing as long as you going 100. :P

      Bailey G - 2011-09-23 12:10

      Bi-Annual Road Worthy testing for every form of public transport. And instead of instead of the Road Accident Fund having to fork out tax payers money every time something happens, forcing the taxi owner or the bus company to pay the compensation to the victims families. Failure to comply should let to jail time or a hell of a hefty fine.

      Rural-boy - 2011-09-23 12:32

      Thanks Bailey get minister of transport to propose that suggestion through your political affiliation or anyone who you thick can get that idea to start rolling even if its start in WP and the others will follow.

      G-spotWizard - 2011-09-23 13:43

      On roads that are already congested, reducing speed limit will increase the congestion. In this case this accident did not happen on the highway and probably at a lesser speed than 120. Speed limit reduction is not the silver bulet to the problem, unless you think like Malema who advocates nationalisation of mines to solve poverty problems.

      Mags_24 - 2011-09-23 15:56

      @NuttyPeanuts 100%...A replacement for the taxis should be found, they have shown over the years that they have f*ck all respect for anyone on the road. And when they get fined or as they call it "victimised", they want to riot.

      Mart - 2011-09-23 16:35

      No matter what is tried, the taxi driver's return (income he makes) vests in the risks he takes (more trips = more bucks.) Of course the first answer that springs to mind will be a set wage....but that would kill the industry for obvious reasons. Imagine how many times a day this taxi driver breaks the 'rules of the road' in order to make a living and you realise the enormity of trying to police this. The answer for commuters lies elsewhere and will result in a loos of jobs. It's a toss up beween more 'jobless' or more 'dead'.

      H2O - 2011-09-23 17:15

      This hooligan taxi driver can now be declared as a MURDERER!!! By not obeying the road rules like millions of them do, he has KILLED an innocent person and he has in return has no injuries.He should go to court and the crime against him should be murder. Straight to the point murder and gross negligence. LOCK HIM UP FOR LIFE!! Common judge, make an example and show that these hooligans can not continue to do what they are doing. LIFE SENTENCE!!!

      NuttyPeanuts - 2011-09-24 12:10

      While on holiday, I've seen taxis deliberately speed on the wrong side of the road to avoid traffic enforcement cameras, right before the infamous death bend on Kaaimans pass near Wilderness where the speed limit is 60. Almost hit me head on.

  • Smart Man - 2011-09-23 11:38

    What is going on huh? people are losing their lives like nobody's business. when is this going to stop. i feel sorry for those using taxis. the are already on thei way to the next life. could this be the last day? could it be that October 21st is for real. wake me up i am dreaming. condolences to the family of the deceased.

      Exilestar - 2011-09-23 12:03

      for the 1st time in History you wrote something that makes sense. and your writing skill are not so bad after all. keep it up you might earn that name of yours

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:25

      I actually have no idea why someone is thumb downing your comment..stick together these ANC people and oneday you will land up in this carnage and see if you will have a thumb to point it downwards.

      Mags_24 - 2011-09-23 16:00

      @Ingie - LOL...the ANC was blamed for the MTN corruption now its "ANC people" disliking Smart Man's comment.

  • Spade - 2011-09-23 11:40

    Let those who are without guilt throw the first stone. So if you do not skip stop signs or accelerate for amber traffic lights, or break the speed limit, or disregard any of our traffic laws - you may condemn the taxi driver.

      Tolerant - 2011-09-23 11:48

      Driving on the right side of the road seems to be a big killer, too many taxi's and cars does this.

      oh.wow - 2011-09-23 11:54

      spade... really now! HOW MANY accidents are there during the day THAT WE HEAR OF and how many of those accidents involve TAXIS... MOST OF THEM..nearly ALL of them! so obviously the problem = TAXIS

      PikeLee - 2011-09-23 11:55

      Cant say I have ever driven on the wrong side of the road. But the fact is, he has a bigger responsibility as he has passengers that he is responsible for. Driving like an idiot, with passengers is inexcusable. And lets be honest, taxis and bus drivers do it all the time!!!!

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-23 12:00

      Spade - you must be a brain-dead taxi driver as well. Taxi driver in this case is wrong, no matter how you try and paint it........you = FAIL!

      allows - 2011-09-23 12:14

      Spade catch a wake up - it's YOUR people being killed.

      ALISON - 2011-09-23 12:16

      what you are saying does make sense, there is a culture of lawlessness in this country which is frightening. however it does appear to me that taxi drivers are the worst culprits.

      naromi@24.com - 2011-09-23 12:31

      spade is a taxi-owner.

      unnamed - 2011-09-23 12:34

      spade dont be a moron. yes, we all accelerate at amber lights, and go like 20 ks over the speed limit WHEN ITS SAFE TO!! iow OPEN ROADS!! any moron who collides head on with another car because he was in the wrong lane honest to god should have their feet nailed to the floor in their house to make dam sure they never drive again cos they lack common flippin sense!

      Spade - 2011-09-23 13:44

      Spot on Alison! All those who resorted to calling me a moron, taxi owner, etc, have displayed an alarmingly aggressive response! The sort of response that often leads to road rage, I would imagine. The simple truth is that, even though taxi drivers are the WORST culprits, anyone who breaks the traffic law is in the same book. We somehow believe our lawlessness is a "lesser evil", because we are lucky enough not to have killed someone yet. We excuse ourselves, and are quick to condemn others. So next time you skip that stop sign, remember you are no different to the taxi driver.

      John C - 2011-09-23 14:48

      I WONDER WHAT PERCENTAGE OF ALL ROAD ACCIDENTS INVOLVE TAXIS?LETS GET THIS INFO FIRST BEFORE WE JUST BLINDLY TROW STONES, OK?

      Jon JJ - 2011-09-23 15:17

      I agree - I have no problem with taxi accidents because I've also driven through red lights. Let the taxis wipe out - the more the merrier. Well said Spade!!

      hvklein - 2011-09-23 16:32

      Spade you must come from a very big family. One alone can't be that stupid! Please apply to bra Sbu for a job in his department. Maybe you can intriduce a program that teaches the taxi drivers to apply make-up while driving!

      H2O - 2011-09-23 17:22

      @ SPADE-Absolutely a flippen stupid and moronic comment!!! How do people like you make it through the day in modern society? Come on, wake up!!!

      Beast - 2011-09-23 18:33

      Skipping a stop street, passing on a barrier line, etc are the norm of the day and not only by Taxi drivers, but by everyone. So I agree, if you follow the traffic rules then you can judge .... I believe very view here can say they follow the traffic laws

      Dee - 2011-09-24 00:12

      Spade I do not skip stop signs nor do I exceed the speed limit, etc. etc. I am one of many law-abiding drivers so I hereby condemn all taxi drivers

  • KimmyH - 2011-09-23 11:40

    This is crazy!!!

  • The_Realist - 2011-09-23 11:41

    surprise, surprise, ANOTHER 'texi essident'! when are the ayencee going to confront the texi mafia & enforce the laws that so far they have been allowed to flout! (copied from yet ANOTHER texi accident article today)

      AirAction - 2011-09-23 11:51

      Maybe we should start teaching road rules at schools .

      opiniononly - 2011-09-23 13:48

      @ Airaction: Um, do budding taxi drivers go to school?

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-23 15:14

      they are not doing anything about it cos they have realised there are too many of their kind around so they killing them off slowly...no one will see it until its too late...

  • Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-23 11:42

    surprise surprise. Condolences to those who lost their lives.

  • unnamed - 2011-09-23 11:42

    i wonder if the minister of transport is thinking to himself... "hmmm maybe the national speed limit wasnt the problem, maybe i should've outlawed those cardboad boxes on wheels held togther with prestik and spit, cos they definitely seem to be part of most of the accidents on the road... NAAAA me thinks im just gna continue slamming my face into this brick wall to apease the octopus-overlord that lives in my head" sigh... if only

      MikeLearview - 2011-09-23 12:35

      There is no suggestion in the report that the vehicle was unroadworthy, but I agree that minibus taxis seem to be a major constituent of road accidents. The usual cause appears to be more than simple driver-error; it's the fact that these vehicles appear to be driven by people who have no regard whatsoever for the rules of the road or for the safety of their passengers. Minibus taxis are already subject to a lower maximum speed limit than cars, and we all know that this law is flouted with impunity. So lowering the speed limit is not the answer. To my mind, anybody who wishes to charge a fare for conveying passengers should not be able to do so without first obtaining a Public Service Vehicle Licence, which would only be issued following a thorough stringent test.

      Krush - 2011-09-23 13:05

      Even if the vehicle was roadworthy what would driving on the wrong side of the road with a roadworthy vehicle achieve? I'm guessing the same result. The question is not about the state of the vehicle but rather the competency of the driver.

      HappyGoLucky - 2011-09-23 13:16

      @Mike: well noted also, most of the taxi drivers are ex-convicts. They were put in jail, for having no respect for governance and laws. So when they get out, their mentality will be more or less the same. I BET that if the taxi associations, (which for some reason doesn't get heckled about the dominance of men in the line of work), had to get woman drivers, their would be a lot less carnage on the roads. just my thoughts

      unnamed - 2011-09-23 13:24

      ya i know that the taxi drivers are the real issue dnt worry :) but what i actually think is the tragedy here is the poor passengers of these taxis end up hurt too... Seriously if it werent for them id honestly ram the bullbar of my isuzu up every taxis backside to keep them from driving...

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:27

      MAYBE HE IS JUST SAYING EISH...GIVE THAT MAN A BELLS!!!

  • juan - 2011-09-23 11:43

    But...they can go on the highways for free and we must pay? Also...its not the speed limit, its obeying the rules and the laws!!!! Catch a wake-up!!

      Krush - 2011-09-23 13:06

      Of course, you're white.

      Jon JJ - 2011-09-23 15:41

      @Krush - and of course, you're black...

  • Craig Ronnenbergh - 2011-09-23 11:44

    Not surprised at all the taxi drivers have no clue on how to drive on a road. The day the police actually do some work and check that the taxi driver actually have licenses then perhaps things will change. But as it stands a lot of people will die, plain and simple. I would love to know how many drivers on our roads actually have legit drivers licenses.

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-23 15:19

      you know its hard for the police to do things to the taxi drivers... there are a number of reasons... in DBN the phoenix taxi drivers if they get pulled over by the police the driver and them climb out the taxi and sort the cop out physically... they beat the cops... up in jhb my friend was pulled of by metro and asked if she was crazy. when asked why the metro officer told her she should not flash her lights at the taxi driver because they will take your reg. down and locate where you are living... they also told me one day that if i am involved in an accident with a taxi, is to give them false details of my ID and phone number and address etc becasue they will send their criminal buddies to your place and clean you out and possibly kill you... If i put myself in a plicemans shoes i would be petrified to pull over a taxi as they also interfere eith their families....

  • talkischeap - 2011-09-23 11:44

    Another taxi - gosh when is it going to end

  • Lee - 2011-09-23 11:52

    What, is he blind????? or was he trying to take a shortcut.

      Baddy - 2011-09-23 12:45

      You know how they drive.. On the wrong side of the road, on the pavements... Just another day in a dumb taxi drivers life!!!

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 12:51

      @Lee, no he was practising his flying skills on a public road, as is the norm today and should you have the backbone to point their stupidity out to them, they use signlanguage of middle finger in the air and one across the throat, because thats what they have in mind for you....

      Allieo - 2011-09-23 18:23

      Yes, a shortcut to the hereafter.......

  • Olac - 2011-09-23 11:52

    Was this driver driving at the compulsory speed limit of 100KPH imposed on taxies? Would speed have saved his pax while he was driving on the wrongside of the road?Some people don't deserve to be behind the wheel of a vehicle, let alone a vehicle engaged in commercial public transport.

      bonkypants - 2011-09-23 11:58

      Isn't the term "pax" reserved for aviation? Just asking...

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-23 13:59

      "Pax" can be quite common outside aviation - because plenty of people work in the travel industry before getting real jobs ;-) (chill... I did timeshare, travel agency and aviation before IT)

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-23 11:53

    Sbu, Can you see the problem ?!!! T A X I again.

  • Chive On - 2011-09-23 11:53

    the taxi driver should have died!

      Really - 2011-09-24 09:53

      No, he need to kill more to even the count.

  • d2eguy - 2011-09-23 11:54

    now explain to the SA motorist how lowering the speed limit will prevent accidents when idiots are driving on the wrong side of the road . our so called top brass are complete idiots .

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-23 11:55

    Conversion to Right side driving: this test of letting ONLY the taxis driving on the right side for 6 months is not working out as good as the new engineers thought. Let also the buses and trucks change to the right side....

  • Silli - 2011-09-23 11:56

    Isn't it time someone did something about this??????????!!!!!!!!!!

  • vegetarian - 2011-09-23 11:58

    What are these people up to. I wonder if the government is willing to take action against the taxis e.g. introducing additional training as well as IQ testing before a public driver's permit is issued. Also confiscating public driver's permit from the transgressors may help.

      allows - 2011-09-23 12:17

      most of them don't have driving permits so what's the point?

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-09-23 15:41

      Top cops and Ministers own taxi's - that's why they look after each other...

      R.Suppards - 2011-09-23 20:46

      Dear Vegetarian, Regarding IQ testing of taxi drivers, these tests do not register negative quotients.

  • RManne - 2011-09-23 11:58

    I'm sure he didn't see that he was on the wrong side of the road or he didn't see the bus. Just like that other driver didn't see or hear Kim as he dragged her under his taxi.

      Pandora - 2011-09-23 12:09

      The taxi driver was "confused"

      ZoeSaldahna - 2011-09-23 13:28

      Bcoz the other driver was moered, shocked and running for dear life.

      Speakersonder - 2011-09-23 13:48

      He's from America, they drive on the other side.

      Scarlett82 - 2011-09-23 14:58

      Maybe he was Fleeing for his life !!!!! Damm Taxi Driver

  • Ex-employer - 2011-09-23 12:05

    99% of all the road deaths over the pass few weeks were taxi or bus related. The quickest way to slow down the problem is to not allow new taxi sales for a few months,this would bring the over supply of taxi's to a managable level. (By the rate of accidents of taxi's, this won't take long.)

  • Olac - 2011-09-23 12:05

    I regularly drive on the notorious Moloto road and have experienced the very low standard of driving skills of the people travelling between Moloto and Pretoria. Theses drivers, including the bus drivers, overtaking into oncoming traffic, on blind rises and on entering blind bends over solid white lines. I have experienced the busses being used as battering rams. Motorists appear not know the rules of the road. Motorists appear to have poor vision. How else can one explain such poor driving. Go into Mamelodi and see the discourteous and backward driving skills displayed at a four-way stop. I have experienced this - about 10 cars negotiating the way thru the dead man's area at a four way stop. How do these people get a licence? No wonder the death tolls are soo high.

      Le - 2011-09-23 12:56

      Behaving well when going for a licence is quite different to the behaviour once gotten. Arrogance on the road causes accidents and kills, across the board!

  • abg100 - 2011-09-23 12:06

    The transport minister wants to lower the speed limit. I say make it compulsory for all taxis to have a roadworthy inspection twice a year,all taxi,bus and truck drivers must do a compulsory advanced driving course and taxi asc should work with government ensuring all drivers have legitimate licences and a data base should be created.These people are entrusted with human lives every day and they dont have licences,vehicles re falling apart-murder on wheels,but they will spend millions worrying about liquor advertising. Get your priorities right!

      Bokke - 2011-09-23 12:36

      I support this idea 200%!

      Mndala Smit - 2011-09-23 12:50

      You know what I think there is something like this in place but nobody inforces it. The guys that need to inforce this have there hands so deep into the owner's pockects that he can not perform there duties.

  • Crunchiessss - 2011-09-23 12:07

    There is nothing that will be done about the way they drive. The freedom they have is causing all the problems. The goverment is 50 steps behind everything. So there you have it once again a problem that ends up killing people and costing the taxpayer money can be tracked right to the top. I wonder when the bridges will start to fall apart or is there still inspections done on them?

  • ubufakazi - 2011-09-23 12:10

    Ohhh Lord these taxis!!! What in God's name was this man thinking... next thing he is going to say he regrets it!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 13:47

      @ubufakazi, no he won't regret it, the GOLDEN word is 'SORRY' (oh what an abomination!!)

  • proudly - 2011-09-23 12:12

    And the reduced speedlimit is going to change ...what?

  • Clinton - 2011-09-23 12:16

    Hiace - High Impact African Cutting Equipment - The sooner the government stands up (which we know they too scared to) to the Taxi industry the better, Taxi's drive down Beyers Naude in the Emergency lane every morning and some times drive on the painted Island on top of the N1 to cu in front. Wayne Minaars soldiers can be seen trapping just after Jim Fouche in the direction of Honeydew watching this happen...Selective Policing...it costs lives, but why would Wayne care...these people dont pay fines...so their lives are worthless to him

  • Mfundo - 2011-09-23 12:21

    I've mensioned this before that the lack of discipline and negligence is with the taxi drivers. Reducing a speed is not a solution. Mr Sbu, plz deal with your public transport system.

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 13:50

      @Mfundo, they too are equally at fault because of lack of adhering to road rules and robots, with one having to look all directions many times like a chameleon before even engaging into 1st gear to cross an intersection otherwise you and your car will be flattened against a wall or levelled with the road by drivers in these public transport buses!!!

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-09-23 12:21

    While no one is listening, I renew my call for taxi drivers to be retested every 6 months! Here's another fatal bus/taxi accident involving another taxi where the taxi driver was probably at fault. To hell with the reduction in the speed limit, these irresponsible hell-drivers must be taken off the roads and retested or imprisoned.

  • happyskippy - 2011-09-23 12:27

    Let's NATIONALIZE the Taxi industry!!!!!

      R Creazy - 2011-09-23 13:49

      Hahaha best idea ever. I wonder what the taxi indsustry turnover is annualy. If they can afford airlines im sure they not doing to bad.

  • Nicholas Krul - 2011-09-23 12:27

    I am collecting unwanted bicycles and parts to supply commuters in my area with bikes so that they can stop using taxis. www.buildabikesa.com

      MikeLearview - 2011-09-23 12:40

      What a good positive outcome. If it saves only ONE life, it'll be worthwhile. Well done, Nicholas.

  • bonny - 2011-09-23 12:28

    But wait..it is speed that kills surely??

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 13:52

      NOT only speed, but the moron whose foot is on the accelerator!!!!

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-23 12:30

    so there you have it, its not the speed limit, its the totally disgusting way that Taxis drive, they have absolutely F all respect, worse than animals.....hang the M F cker

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 13:53

      @theprodigy Animals can think for themselves, please don't insult them!!

  • Charlene Pretorius - 2011-09-23 12:31

    Just shows you what our government knows, all these taxi collisions and ppl dying so they create a transport system that even CEO's cant afford to use daily. the taxi's will always be needed for ppl who cant afford cars and ofcourse the gautrain ai...

  • Thelma - 2011-09-23 12:31

    Was he fearing for his life that caused him to drive on the wrong side of the road?

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 13:54

      Yes too busy contemplating how to outrun a rat because of his stupidity and cowardly attitude!!

  • SlapTjip - 2011-09-23 12:33

    Karma is a b|tch. Shoot the boer shoot the farmer? Seems like the devil ain't looking after his own. Now for the thumbs down......

  • Bokke - 2011-09-23 12:34

    At 23:30 last night I was woked up by a big bang!! I thought the building was crashing!! When I looked outside, 2 Toyota Quantum's had collided and hit down the robbort and one of them crashed into the ABSA ATM and Mr Price store in the corner of West and Field street in Durban!!! I wonder what speed they were travelling in as both of them are beyond repairs (mind you, this place in in city center)!!! Fortunately, no one got killed! The Minister of Transport should really take a serious look at our public transport.

  • I Are Bender - 2011-09-23 12:38

    There are less accidents by driving on the wrong side than driving on the right side.

  • Michael - 2011-09-23 12:38

    This is one of the reasomns for the HIGH DEATH TOLL on our roads...........not speed per se. So Minister of Transport... lets pay attention to the DRIVERS... that means all of us....including the road-worthiness of vehicles.... out your efforts there sir !!!!!!!

  • Mndala Smit - 2011-09-23 12:40

    This is why our roads are unsafe. Even if we travelat 50kph it will not stop. They must rather get these arrogant, illegal rubbish of the raods and the situation will almost immediately improve by 100%

      Spade - 2011-09-23 13:49

      "Arrogant, illegal" covers most drivers on South African roads, not just taxi drivers.

  • Bokke - 2011-09-23 12:42

    The problem may be is with the level of education of the taxi drivers and / or owners and their respect of fellow drivers on the road! How come such a big industry is left alone with minimum Govt. regulation? You find that most taxi drivers ran away from school so they can do as they please!! This is the result we getting now!!!

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 14:00

      Sela!!

  • Lynette - 2011-09-23 12:44

    the taxi drivers in South Africa really have no respect for anyone on the road! they are really a menace to society! every morning they speed like maniacs not caring if they knock you or not. its actually your problem if you are not fast enough to get out of their way. but where the hell you are suppose to go as you too are on that road! I fear for my life everyday. Something drastic needs to be done! Cause all these idiots do is laugh at you if you do challenge them!

  • camdrone - 2011-09-23 12:45

    And the Minister says we should reduce the speed limit and uses Australia and New Zealand as examples of how lower speed limits saves lives.LOL How can you compare a Banana republic to first world countries where civilized people OBEY the laws and rules of the road!!Take the frigging taxis off the roads and put more buses on these routes!

  • rolyman - 2011-09-23 12:47

    and yet again the taxis, its time for ordinary people to take back the rule of law on the roads, enough with these taxis doing what they want with no regard for their passengers or others, cmon people enough is enough

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 14:01

      Molotovs anyone!!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-23 12:48

    So much for changes the speed laws!

  • Morarius - 2011-09-23 12:48

    again not speed, Illegal overtaking!

  • Max - 2011-09-23 12:50

    Eish dear Minista, And speed was not the cause.!!!!

  • aml - 2011-09-23 12:51

    Wow, taxi accident again!! Why have we not cut the speed limit? There would not have been a death if the taxi terrorist was traveling slower down the wrong side of the road!!

      Kiepies - 2011-09-23 12:54

      They cannot even read or distinguish between green, yellow (amber) or red, its put foot and GO one time and one way and to HELL with the rest...

      tokoziza - 2011-09-24 14:54

      Ami, reducing the speed limit will never ever work ... the taxis already travel way ABOVE the speed limit, even on the frigging pavements ... they have absolutely NO respect for the law at all, travel where and however fast their dilapidated, unroadworthy vehicles will go. So what use would reducing the speed limit do. People are dying because of the total lawlessness of the drivers in the industry.

  • Lee Vivian - 2011-09-23 12:52

    You see minister, its not speed its stupidity!!

  • Frans - 2011-09-23 12:54

    Whoever is writing this article need schooling – it’s like reading a mystery story. Cannot make out head or tails and it’s not the first time. In which vehicle was the man of 50 that was declared dead or was he a bystander. Reduce the speed limit Ya! WTK............