Joburg taxi commuters to protest

2011-06-20 10:48

Johannesburg - Taxi commuters were planning to protest against exclusive bus lanes in Soweto on Monday, the SA National Taxi Council said.

Secretary general Philip Taaibosch said he understood commuters had asked taxi operators to join their protest march, leaving many people stranded.

"I understand that commuters are complaining that they are arriving late at work because of the high occupancy of the lane where buses are now driving.

"Before, that lane was purely used by taxis, but now they are not using them anymore because taxis should not be seen competing with BRT [Bus Rapid Transit system],"

Taaibosch said he had heard commuters wanted a subsidy for their taxi fares.

"They also want subsidies like the bus commuters who are being subsidised to be on the buses."

The Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council was not immediately available for comment.

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-20 10:57

    ag shame. the commuters are scared that their taxi drivers cant push in and break the laws anymore.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-20 11:33

      These guys will take us back to the stone age.

      ratex - 2011-06-20 13:40

      Oh wait, let me file this under the I don't give a f8ck section. When you lot start behaving like hunmans, maybe Joe Soap will have some respect for you, until then we don't care.

  • ?????? - 2011-06-20 10:57

    How do we go about MODERNISING our public transport sector? By removing these taxis from our roads.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 12:14

      Agreed..but thats easier said than done...This mafia-style industry is lawless...If only we had safe, reliable bus transport system, all our transport woes will be gone..

      ?????? - 2011-06-20 12:33

      Then its time to implement a proper mass transit system,but will it work? I doubt it,its Africa,they like using unroadworthy vehicles.

  • Pickle - 2011-06-20 11:03

    We want we want we want.. shut up and do for a change, man

      Bob - 2011-06-20 12:22

      Spot on Pickle, get on with your business instead of moaning about every damn thing, if the taxi can't get you to work on time by driving legally, guess what!!! catch an earlier taxi.

      Casper Hendrik du Preez - 2011-06-20 12:31

      Pickle 10 out of 10

      kaMazibuko - 2011-06-20 13:02

      Do what exactly ? these are commuters and unlike the drivers they are not shooting the bus drivers and torching the buses....its a valid complaint, no employer is gonna listen to excuses like "taxis are slow now coz their lane is being used by buses" so yes, these people are doing something to make sure they arrive early for work and other commitments of theirs

  • TRiP - 2011-06-20 11:07

    start paying tax then ask for subsidies!

      kaMazibuko - 2011-06-20 13:05

      How sure are u that they are not paying taxes? there are many people paying income tax that are still using taxis. And the fact that they buy everything from food to clothing, furniture means they are paying tax. And by the way, the commuters didnt say they want subsidies, this Tallbosch guy is saying he thinks he heard em say them want subsidies

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-20 14:19

      kaMazibuko - don't be so gullible man. Its not the commuters really complaining its the taxi organisations and their drivers.. BRT buses are making them sweat bullets lol! Some real competition for a change and a safer travelling experience for all!

  • EmptyCan - 2011-06-20 11:14

    Taxis should be banned and everyone should be allowed to use an effective rail transport system FREE OF CHARGE. All the levies and taxes included in the petrol price and the income generated by SANRAL through toll fees should be more than enough to subsidize free rail transport for all commuters. It will reduce taxi related road deaths and inconsiderate driving manners by these idiots drastically. PROBLEMS however: Taxi owners operate on a mafia like basis where any competition is basically terminated ala the AK47 way and a lot of high profile politicians have interests in taxi businesses, and SA doesn't have a reliable and effective rail system in place.

      biskit - 2011-06-20 11:20

      The problem is that in SA Railway line is seen as easy cash - It will be stripped and sold for scrap metal

      RVQ - 2011-06-20 12:24

      @dotty_01 maybe it's time for the middle class to form a union and go on strike?

      tryanything - 2011-06-20 13:02

      What will happen when all our farmers go on strike??

      KnysnaSha - 2011-06-20 14:10

      The problem is that SA Railway is not all over SA so to say ban taxi's might suit you in Jozi but when it comes to the smaller towns where there is NO public transport and people depend on taxi's that just does not make sense. Any in any case, I use a Kia Pregio for work and often get mistaken for a taxi driver while driving in the townships. I tell you the buses are much more scary than other taxi drivers.

  • WCD - 2011-06-20 11:16

    Nationalize the taxi industry, that will be fun to watch !

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  • Tsundzuka - 2011-06-20 11:18

    Why nt protest about the taxi fairs, bet u these commuters are taxi drivers themselves

      Ms.Mabaso - 2011-06-20 11:37

      Tsundzuka the taxi fares are high because Putco, Metrorail, Metrobus and BRT are subsidised by government when the taxis are not.

      topdog - 2011-06-20 13:00

      @Tsundzuka your 100% right, the taxi owners are the ones who needs subsidy as they have said that they also need it just like Putco.

      tryanything - 2011-06-20 13:49

      Use the buses they are safer anyway...

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-20 14:23

      Most commuters have no time for the taxis - they drive like lunatics just so that they can get in as many trips as possible, drop people off short of their journey when it suits them.. intimidate commuters during strikes when they try to use buses or share lifts. Maybe now some will realise that reasonable rates and good customer service is the way to keep your customers!

  • ntombzam - 2011-06-20 11:24

    Taxi indusrty is crazy. This is pure lies, they want to use the commuters name in their greedy fight against BRT. No commuter in their right mind would support this unless of couse their being intimidated by them. The same commuters are being harassed daily by these taxi people how can in turn they support their greedy call. I used to travel by taxi its unfortunate that most dont have a choice but im sure more than 90% commuters if provided by choice would boycot taxis. How come taxi commuters are being spoken for by the taxi council? I hate taxis they think they rule this country and can get away with everything. They now short on 'checking money' that they dont bank because they have 4 wives and countless mistresses to maintain. They must go to hell, BRT is here to stay where they like it or not!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-20 14:28

      I couldn't agree more. During strikes the taxi drivers were searching cars leaving Dunoon. If you were more than two in a private car they'd accuse you of being a private taxi and pull people out of the car.. They are nothing but criminals with the intimidation and general lack of respect they have for commuters.

  • RVQ - 2011-06-20 11:27

    Do the buses not offer a safer, more reliable and cheaper alternate to taxis? If not what are they for? Taxi's and buses should not be on the same routes, surely taxis should be feeding the buses and taxis should be filling in the gaps on non-bus routes?

  • Daemos1 - 2011-06-20 11:38

    what an ignorant comment, you've never had to use taxis and you don't care about what the commuters are going through, maybe you should keep yourself to yourself next time

  • inyoface - 2011-06-20 11:50

    Write the Taxis off!!! "LESS MINI BUS AND MORE BIG BUS"!!! No more bull, just take a bus to work, they don't seem to get in my way!!!

      RVQ - 2011-06-20 12:26

      Problem is unions control this country and as long as the fat cats have something to gain we will never be rid of taxis

  • Darwinian - 2011-06-20 11:58

    Nationalize the Taxi Industry...I DEMAND MY SHARE!!!!

  • REDEMPTION - 2011-06-20 12:03

    I Doubt most of you commenting have used taxis before? Taxi driver and owner have a right to be on a tizz abot this as they created the routes used by the BRT and are now being muscled out of they own roots. Its the TAxis industry Intellectual property why should it be taken away from them.

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-06-20 12:06

      Taxi Industry and intellectual in the same sentence?

      sefeddt - 2011-06-20 12:18

      The Metro busses had the routes first, taxis muscled in on them. When taxis start paying their share of tax for road usage i might have some sympathy, besides the taxis know about muscling in, i experience it everyday in the traffic.

      RVQ - 2011-06-20 12:36

      Used taxis for years and still do when the car is in the shop, taxis are a menace and replacing them with safer, cheaper more reliable buses is in everyone's interest except for a few fat cat taxi bosses. The BRT system could easily spark job massive job creation in a drive for public transport for ALL

      REDEMPTION - 2011-06-20 12:53

      How is there a massive job creation when a bus takes 65 people driven by 1 driver and a taxi takes 15. Meaning you will be putting 3 people out of a job. Never mind the queu marshalls and etc. Taxis keep a lot of guys out of criminal activity. There is about 100 000 taxis in gauteng, Imagine half of these drivers without a source of income with nothing to do??? Ever thought of that. You complaining now saying they crude take they taxis en jy sal uieselfs in die moeliekheid kry.

      tryanything - 2011-06-20 13:50

      Taxi drivers have no rights when they frighten and terrorise passengers

  • Dirk - 2011-06-20 12:09

    The stupidity is amazing!

  • willieman - 2011-06-20 12:10

    Ms.Mabaso ask whether this taxi drivers/owners are tax payers

  • REDEMPTION - 2011-06-20 12:35

    sefeddt, you clearly have never taken taxis before. Metro busses only started operating in Soweto and other locations only recently. As I said before you have never used taxis so you clearly do not know what you talking about.

  • daboss247365 - 2011-06-20 12:53

    The Taxi industry is one of the biggest employers in our nation, & any talk of "scrapping" it is just pure stupidity. on the other hand, intergration, improvement & rationalization is more the topic at hand. Furthermore, it is one of the only methods of transport for many. so lets be logical. what happened to the recap program? & what it being done to bulid taxi lanes where busses are nowhere to be seen? No matter what your race or creed, please try find your way around jhb by bus. if you succeed, let em know because I for one have never come right. As a matter of fact, I used the taxis to get to university for over 2 years before getting a car, & was never troubled by any racism, crime, etc as is percieved. Since I have had the car, apart from the CBD, I have never had a problem with the taxi's. Their driving in teh yellow lanes is a bit annoying, but that is forced by the nature of the industry, not the drivers. more annoying are those who act like or worse than taxi drivers in private cars.

      REDEMPTION - 2011-06-20 13:21

      Thank you DABO the problem about this country is that it has too many arm chair critics who never do anything about it irespective of whichever side they take

  • mabebeza - 2011-06-20 13:38

    lol..this is funny these people are protesting for nonsense they should protest for taxi drivers to obey the law..I mean these taxi drivers are the course of most accidents the way they drive just makes me sick they drive as if they not carrying lives of people....

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-20 13:48

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  • Snoopy88 - 2011-06-20 14:13

    ag shame.. get on the bus then you dumbasses! Some real competition for these criminal taxi organisations may mean that commuters will benefit in the end. Rather than demanding subsidising they should insist that taxis lower their fares to be competitive. Viva capitalism! Viva!

  • Joy - 2011-06-20 14:59

    go BRT go ! do away with taxis

  • tothepoint - 2011-06-20 15:46

    Why is everyone blaming taxis for action initiated by commuters? Indeed, BRT lanes are a pain. You only need to be a Soweto resident to understand how congested traffic is because of BRT. BRT on its own cannot and will never be able to cope with the high number of commuters bearing in mind that at peak hour, the trains are also operating at full capacity, yet they have dedicated lanes despite the low numbers they are carrying. We need to make peace with the fact that taxis are providing an essential service despite their shortcomings. They have done so for decades when no one cared about creation of a proper infrastructure and operated under difficult conditions. So, my sense is that let the blame be apportioned correctly. BRT was launched before its time without putting much thought into it - no wonder it continues to run at a loss. But this is typical of how our municipalities are run. I don't want to go into the rates saga.

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