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Western Cape minibus casualties increase

2012-02-21 13:16

Cape Town - Deaths caused by minibus taxi accidents in the Western Cape have increased by more than 2% since 2005, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Provincial road safety programme director David Frost said taxis accounted for 10% of casualties in 2005 compared to 12.48% in 2010/2011.

Frost was testifying in aggravation of sentence in the trial of taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, who crossed over the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath on August 25 2010, and collided with a train.

Ten of the pupils he was transporting were killed. Four others were seriously injured.

Frost said the taxi industry had evolved to suit the needs of drivers and fleet owners rather than those of passengers.

The industry revolved around driving fast to get as many fares in a day, clearly disregarding the safety of commuters.

Frost said there had been an increase in damage to provincial level crossing booms, with almost one incident for every working day of the year.

"This is clearly indicative of the disregard for the booms when they are down," he said.

"There is a vast disparity of the weight, mass and momentum of a train compared to a motor vehicle. It's like a fight between a heavyweight and a lightweight."

Comments
  • procold2 - 2012-02-21 13:33

    frost is 100% correct, its not only WC that the stats are up its all over and will get worse if gov doesn't regulate this industry some how.

  • Justin - 2012-02-21 13:38

    i would love to see the stats for the rest of the country!!! (the true stats)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nosiphom - 2012-02-21 13:42

    It is not the fault of the taxi industry, but that of the government for refusing to do anything that would solve the problem. The taxi operators are business people that want to make as much money as possible and if the governement allows them to be rogue,and be a law unto themselves the government is at fault.

      Alfred - 2012-02-23 08:45

      I CANNOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE. THE TRANSPORT MINISTRY SHOULD BE BLAMED IF IT IS NOT PREPARED TO PLAY A LEADERSHIP ROLE TO RID OUR BELOVED COUNTRY OF THE SCOURGE OF MINIBUS "ACCIDENTS"

  • Sharon - 2012-02-21 13:42

    I wonder why the Western Cape is singled out? I would hazard a guess and say that this is a national trend. We were on the N3 today, and behold, a taxi that had rolled! I would be very surprised indeed if anyone got out of that flattened vehicle alive.

      Leon - 2012-02-21 14:22

      The accident happened in the Western Cape

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-21 18:23

      Hey brickhead this was heard in court in the WC

  • Hallo - 2012-02-21 13:53

    Stop getting so defensive gay capies

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-21 18:25

      Did they read the article?

  • Piet - 2012-02-21 14:04

    There's smething wrong with this reporters stats. Maybe indicative of the matric passing rate for maths. the real stats re " Taxi deaths in WC up by 24.8% since 2005". You see in 2005 taxi deaths accounted or 10% of road deaths. In 2010 it was 12.48% so 2.48 higher than 10 gives you 24.8 %. Do you understand now News24???????

      Leon - 2012-02-21 14:24

      News24 never allow mathematics and spelling to interfere with publishing a story!

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-21 15:45

      Where are you reading 24.8 % ? The increase is 2% and it was 2% the first time I read the report!

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