Tougher action needed for ‘imbecile’ taxi drivers

2018-05-01 06:00

It is time to get a lot tougher on some of these imbeciles who drive taxis on our roads. In Gauteng they are noted for driving on pavements while pedestrians have to take life saving action to avoid being run over.

Here in Sea Point on Main Road one of these half-witted taxi drivers overtook four cars on a solid white line, in the face of oncoming traffic, to get ahead of every law abiding driver. This is not an isolated incident. This happens everyday, all day. If you don’t believe me Mr (JP) Smith come and stand and watch for 10 minutes.

Another example of absolute lawlessness is at the hospital bend going out on the N2 every afternoon. This is an absolute minefield for any law abiding driver and an area which you must be aware of yet the chaos continues ad infinitum.

I’m aware of the shortage of manpower and the logistics, explained in People’s Post (“City ‘regularly tackles recklessness of taxis”) of the documentation taken to impound and release an errant driver’s vehicle so that he can continue on his merry way. You (Smith) say the law does not allow for permanent impoundments. Then I say to you that the scale of this problem is so large and has been going on for so long that you now need to change the law. It is that simple.

Taxi operators need to feel the pain in their pocket and I would suggest that you start impounding the vehicles of errant taxi drivers and hold them for a minimum period of say two months. Forget about human rights violations and the right to earn a living wage. Think of the human rights that are being violated by the very same taxi drivers and operators on a daily basis who have no regard for the safety of their passengers or other law abiding drivers.

A. Talbot Mouille Point

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