Taxi al­liance asks for more lanes

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE

POT­HOLES, lack of roads and im­pa­tient pas­sen­gers are some of the is­sues that af­fect road safety.

These were among the chal­lenges high­lighted by taxi as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives who at­tended the City of Tsh­wane’s road safety cam­paign in Ham­man­skraal yes­ter­day.

The cam­paign, called Tsh­waAlert, was launched in Fe­bru­ary to fo­cus on sus­tain­ing law en­force­ment ef­forts through­out the year as op­posed to dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son pe­ri­ods and long week­ends.

John Nkuna, who chairs 10 taxi as­so­ci­a­tions within the Ham­man­skraal area, said their op­er­a­tors were aware of the dan­gers of reck­less driv­ing on com­muters and them­selves.

Nkuna, how­ever, im­plored city rep­re­sen­ta­tives to deal with the poor state of the roads, look into cre­at­ing park­ing sta­tions and the es­tab­lish­ment of drop-off points.

“We know that driv­ing on the yel­low lane is dan­ger­ous but our driv­ers have to con­tend with pas­sen­gers con­stantly telling them that they are run­ning late for work.

“All we ask is for ad­di­tional lanes to be built in the area. If we had at least two ex­tra lanes, that could help ease traf­fic in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Tsh­wane metro po­lice depart­ment spokesper­son Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Isaac Ma­hamba high­lighted that they had re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints of taxis op­er­at­ing in Lyn­nwood, Cen­tu­rion and the Mabopane High­way us­ing the yel­low lanes.

MMC for hous­ing Mandla Nkomo, stand­ing in for his roads and trans­port coun­ter­part Sheila Senkubuge, ap­plauded the taxi rep­re­sen­ta­tives for be­ing able to voice their frus­tra­tions dur­ing their march last Thurs­day with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence.

“The fu­ture of this coun­try is in your hands be­cause you ferry so many of our peo­ple. Taxi driv­ers and own­ers de­serve re­spect from ev­ery­one be­cause the per­cep­tion cre­ated that they are vi­o­lent is not true.”

Com­mu­nity safety MMC Derek Kis­sun­dooth warned that hefty fines would be im­posed on those found on the wrong side of the law.

“Most of the ac­ci­dents are caused by ab­so­lute stu­pid­ity and we can­not al­low that to con­tinue to hap­pen. Peo­ple must fol­low the rules,” Kis­sun­dooth said.

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