Stakeholders unite to fight back against carnage on SA roads

2018-07-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Stakeholders attending the safety awareness campaign.

PHOTO: supplied Stakeholders attending the safety awareness campaign.

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ON Wednesday, Ubuhlebezwe Municipality, members of South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), Siyanakekela Rehabilitation Centre, and Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) joined hands at an awareness campaign focused on road accidents and HIV/AIDS. The awareness campaign was held at a busy taxi rank in Ixopo town.

The taxi industry was defined by the Department of Transport (DoT) and TETA as the sector most used by people when going to various destinations, with the number of people using taxis every day having reportedly doubled compared to other forms of transport. Minibus taxis, metered taxis, scholar transport, shuttle services and chauffeur drivers all attended the event.

“Santaco has observed, with serious concern, the carnage on the roads in which taxis are often involved. Santaco, as the representative body of the taxi industry, has decided to take the initiative, in line with the TR3 2020, to find solutions to this problem,” said Umzimkhulu Uncedo Taxi Association member and co-ordinator of Operation Hlokomela in Harry Gwala Region Nkonka Base. He added that they will not tolerate negligence and careless behaviour of taxi operators and drivers.

The chairperson of Ixopo Taxi Association Zamokwakhe Shabalala emphasised the need for taxi operators to respect commuters, saying: “There is need to reduce road accidents through checking and monitoring of taxi vehicles at different check points to give commuters confidence. We also need to work hand in hand with traffic officials to promote road safety and to eliminate bad elements and improper conduct from our taxi drivers and operators,” he said, adding that taxis need to establish the culture of compliance to road safety and traffic laws, especially the speed limit. — Supplied.

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