Taxi safety campaign kicks off in KZN today

2008-12-14 00:00

Taxi bosses in Kwazulu-Natal will today launch a campaign to prioritise the safety of their passengers on major routes throughout the province.

The campaign will kick off in Mtubatuba and will run till January 18.

The safety campaign will be managed by taxi owners from all over the province.

They will travel as patrol members, assisting minibus drivers and attending to all the major routes in the province, including the N2, N3, Richmond Road and the Ladysmith, Newcastle and Kokstad routes.

Boy Zondi, public relations officer for the KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Council, said the purpose is to ensure that the vehicles and drivers all comply with the rules and regulations of the road.

“We have many of our minibuses travelling through the province and we want to assist the drivers and the passengers to travel safely.”

Zondi said that although there are no heavy penalties for drivers who are found guilty of contravening the rules of the road and compromising the safety of their passengers, the taxi owners reserve the right to take such drivers and vehicles off the road and organise alternative transport for the passengers.

“We want to significantly reduce the number of accidents involving mini buses because of the massive loss of life associated with a minibus accident.”

Zondi said another reason that the taxi industry has taken this initiative is to get an accurate picture of the number of taxis involved in accidents and to show the public that they care.

“There is a belief that taxi drivers are bad drivers when in reality it’s only one or two people giving the industry a bad name.”

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