The Sea Point Community Improvement District (CID) would like to tackle the obstruction of traffic as a result of reckless and negligent driving by the taxi drivers within their precinct.
According to Heather Tager, the CID’s chief operations officer, the taxis form part of an important transport plan within the area.
This is because a large portion of commuters entering and exiting the area use taxis and there is a need to ensure that the taxi service runs correctly, she says.
She says for this to happen there has to be engagements.
Tager says the concerns follow complaints by residents and road users about the reckless manner in which taxis operate in the area.
“The illegal u-turns, the obstructing of traffic with sudden stops anywhere for a commuter to get on board the taxi, as well as endless hooting ‘touting’ for business,” she says
Tager wishes the City could intervene and introduce a policy to regulate how taxis operate, especially where stops and drop offs are concerned.
“The taxis could be heavily fined for not using that dedicated pick up points,” Tager suggests.
Meanwhile, she says commuters too, need to be considerate in the way they board and exit the taxis.
“They often exit in the middle of the road which puts them in danger,” Tager adds.
She says the Central Unity Taxi Association patrollers recently took an initiative to address the issue by educating passengers and drivers, and the CID commended the effort.