Tired of bul­ly­ing by taxis

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Joann Hill

FOR TOO long now, com­muters trav­el­ling down Repub­lic Road in Rand­burg have been vic­timised, in­tim­i­dated and bul­lied by reck­less taxi driv­ers who en­dan­ger all driv­ers down the road.

I write this let­ter in the hope that some­thing will ac­tu­ally be done about it.

This morn­ing again, I had one try­ing to squeeze past me, revving his en­gine, push­ing the mir­ror of my car in and in­ten­tion­ally driv­ing to­wards my car, try­ing to in­tim­i­date me to move over, which I did not!

I have re­ported this to the Rand­burg po­lice sta­tion on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, even send­ing a mes­sage on the Face­book link, and I was told they are fully aware of the sit­u­a­tion. Yet, noth­ing is be­ing done about it.

They once sent a po­lice van whose oc­cu­pants sat on the bon­net in View Road, watching the taxi – which ob­vi­ously will be­have if po­lice are vis­i­ble.

Some­thing needs to be done about this – not just once a year or ev­ery four months. Ac­tive policing is needed, with reck­less driv­ers locked up.

I have a photo of the taxi be­tween the two lanes. The car in front of me gave him space. The taxi is a white Toy­ota Hilux with a white stal­lion sticker on the back win­dow. It has no taxi as­so­ci­a­tion sticker.

I am tired of be­ing bul­lied, tired of the po­lice sit­ting on their back­sides, do­ing noth­ing about it. I am pre­pared to go to ev­ery news­pa­per, to the min­is­ter of po­lice him­self, to get the po­lice to take this se­ri­ously.

The taxis are a law unto them­selves, do­ing what they want, driv­ing through red ro­bots – and they keep get­ting away with it.

I ex­pect some­thing to be done, as do many other res­i­dents of the Rand­burg area. Some­one has to take in­ter­est in the safety of the pub­lic. We all have to get to work, we all have to sit in traf­fic and we all have to make a liv­ing. The dif­fer­ence is, I don’t break laws to do it.

I’d ap­pre­ci­ate a re­sponse to this let­ter from the SAPS and an ex­pla­na­tion as to why noth­ing is be­ing done. Rand­burg

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