It’s normal for Joburg motorists to drive through a red robot, drive onto oncoming traffic, drive in the yellow lane, not make way for emergency services and to completely disregard road signs. The list is long, but these are the ones that come to mind.
Breaking the rules on the roads has become our daily staple, on our now - turned deadly roads. Before you point fingers at our beloved taxi drivers, you probably have done it before and have seen many motorists doing it. Sometimes during peak hour traffic and no, it’s not justifiable or during normal traffic because you’re not patient enough or just don’t care, besides, nothing will happen.
What happened to us observing the rules on the roads? Everyone does whatever, stop anywhere , turn right while from the far left lane. Just what comes to mind, we do it.
There seems to be a mutual agreement by Joburg motorists that we can do whatever, whenever, without worrying about the consequences of these actions, because anyway, no one will get punished.
Sometimes, even law enforcement officers ignore the rules and in some instances motorists “freestyle” right in front of the officers. Maybe I’m wrong, but the police are supposed to put on their sirens or lights as a sign that they’re rushing to a crime scene, right?
How do you, as a school transport driver, ferrying young kids see it fit to drive onto oncoming traffic? No matter how late you may be, the price that will one day be paid is more than the price of the learners being late and probably marked absent for the day.
How do you as a parent, tasked with the responsibility of raising your children want to shorten their lives? In many cases, if the kids are late for school, that might also affect the parent’s punctuality at work.
How do you as a taxi driver, risk the lives of the elderly, the very poorest of the society? How? So that you can make quick trips and reach your target for the day?
What’s happened to us observing the rules on the road? What happened to those K53 lessons? Clearly, there was no point, or they are no longer relevant.