Taxi deaths as frequent as bike deaths

2012-01-18 12:20

Johannesburg - Road users are as likely to be killed in bicycle accidents as in minibus taxi accidents, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Wednesday.

SAIRR spokesperson Kerwin Lebone said each of these scenarios accounted for two percent of road deaths, according to research based on Road Traffic Management Corporation figures for 2009.

The finding is contained in an SAIRR study, to be released next week, and which also found that for each road death in a minibus taxi, 21 people were killed in accidents involving cars.

Car accidents accounted for just less than half of road deaths, light delivery vehicles and bakkies accounted for a fifth, and trucks and other unspecified vehicles were involved in almost a tenth of road deaths.

There were 27 deaths per 10 000 minibus taxis in 2009, three times higher than for cars. "The institute said the vehicle numbers may explain the relatively higher incidence of motor car accidents," Lebone said.

Almost a quarter of road deaths occurred between 18:00 and 21:00, and 60% happened over weekends. These were the times when public transport was least active, he said.

The study revealed that during 2009, about 60% of drivers killed on the roads were under the influence of alcohol.

  • Justin - 2012-01-18 12:26

    lol Ja im very sure thats true!!!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 12:47

      Statistics can say what you want them to say. Interesting that these figures were released by the SA Institute of Race Relations. What's that all about? What about pedestrians? Something wrong with these figures or the way they have been presented.

      procold2 - 2012-01-18 12:53

      rubbish,i dont believe a word, and if i have read it right trying to cover up the taxi accidents, seems if there was a collision between a car and a taxi it was counted as a car accident,the taxi stats are from when only the taxi by it self was involved

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-18 13:40

      Still three times higher rate of dying in a taxi than a car , difference being my car is not a public transport service. Any public transport service that has the number of deaths our mini-bus taxi industry has would 'usually' be under immence pressure to either reform or be fully state owned and operated .

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 12:28

    From now on I will never get on that bicycle after a few beers.

  • Kala - 2012-01-18 12:36

    A very misleading article. Of course your more likely to die in a bicycle accident that in a taxi accident. Your level of protection on a bicycle is much less than if you're in a vehicle. There are still more people killed in taxis than bicycles though

      Kala - 2012-01-18 12:40

      "SAIRR spokesperson Kerwin Lebone said each of these scenarios accounted for two percent of road deaths" Is that 2% of total road users or 2% of the bicycle users and 2% of the taxi users?

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-18 12:46

      Taxis make up 1% of the total vehicle population but they account for 2% of total road accidents. So theres 1 taxi out of every 100 cars but taxis are involved in 2 out of every 100 accidents, according to AA. No bad.

      Moss - 2012-01-21 21:46

      Then give us your research Mr/Miss know it all, if not then stop farting on this web & 9do somethingconstructive with that big mouth

  • Nitro - 2012-01-18 12:43

    Ok, but who kills the person on the bicycle as 90% of them get hit by a taxi???

      markvandiggelen - 2012-01-18 13:56

      Couldn't have said it better.

  • Gideon - 2012-01-18 12:47

    I don't understand how the comparison can be relevant: one is a form of public transportation and is motorized, the other is human powered and transports but 1 person at a time. The one is a vehicle, the other isn't. The list goes on. Why don't we compare the chances of contracting venereal disease with the chances of dying in a taxi smash, that would be fun wouldn't it?

      George - 2012-01-18 14:43

      The best part, a bike only carries 1 person. A taxi carries 25

      Gideon - 2012-01-18 14:58

      And somehow that didn't make it into the equation? Oh, sorry, I forgot! South Africans can't do maths!

  • jmccaffs - 2012-01-18 12:47

    bollocks bollocks bollocks

  • John - 2012-01-18 12:48

    The riders on Bicycles are killed by speeding taxi's

  • andrew.arde - 2012-01-18 12:51

    This article is in one word.......laughable. The study was done on data collected in 2009.....which incidentally was the year that Zuma took over.....I'm pretty sure the state of lawlessness on our roads has increased tenfold amongst taxi's since he came into power

  • Nosiphom - 2012-01-18 13:04

    There are a number of things wrong with the article: 1) "The institute said the vehicle numbers may explain the relatively higher incidence of motor car accidents," Lebone said. - Wrong !!! There are countries with a higher density of motor cars, but with a lot less accidents, because the people can actually drive. At least 30% of cars on our roads are driven by rookie drivers trying to teach themselves - learning bad manners - has anyone counted the number of cars with "L"s, mostly driven by young ladies who probable paid for the licences? 2)"60% of road deaths happened over weekends. These were the times when public transport was least active, he said." The figure may be true, but the reason is wrong. Here is the true reason - during the weekend, especially Friday and Sarturday nights and Sunday mornings (early)- that is when all the party goers are going back home - mostly drunk - that is the reason. The argument should have been, maybe if there was public transport, they would have used it instead of driving. I dread to drive Friday and Sarturday evenings, because I know what happens on the roads.

      PyroSA - 2012-01-18 15:12

      I think you're misreading this. 1 - A higher percentage of vehicles are motor cars, therefore the amount of accidents that involve motor cars are higher, yet the deaths per 10000 vehicles is lower for motor cars. 2 - He did not say that's the reason more people die. That could however be the reason you don't see more public transport deaths.

  • Andre Lombard - 2012-01-18 13:10

    Still trying to figure out why the Dept of Race Relations publishes data on road accident fatalities? The entire purpose is to possibly draw attention away from far more revealing info on those responsible for causing the accidents

  • Peter - 2012-01-18 13:18

    So this is 2009 study, and they are only releasing the results now??? How efficient. Since then, how many more cars / taxies are on the roads?? I bet if they did a study for 2011 the results whould be vastly different.

  • Mouldy - 2012-01-18 13:29

    This is one of the more screwed up articles I've ever seen on News24, and I've seen some real clunkers before. And what on earth do Race Relations have to do with road deaths? Are they trying to prove it's aparheid's fault again?

  • John - 2012-01-18 14:23

    SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) .... What do accidents have to do with race?? Or did they get the meaning of"race" wrong?? Racing must have something to do with vehicles... Another waste of government funds with irrelevant research, by someone with no knowledge of statistics.....

  • - 2012-01-18 14:25

    That just proves that minibus taxi's are responsible for killing ppl in cars!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-18 14:37

    These stats were manipulated to protect and divert attention from the dangers of the taxis in SA. I would bet most people on our roads died as a result of some or other involvement with a taxi.

  • leya.likilee - 2012-01-18 15:33

    oops 2009 stats.the photos i saw over the festive season seemed to show broken taxis in head on collisions

  • Barry John Havenga - 2012-01-19 07:23

    I would like to know what percentage of road deaths is made up by pedestrians.

  • Chantelle - 2012-01-20 11:00

    news24's editor must be on holiday

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