Santaco’s top ten drivers
KZN branch leads national taxi council in promoting safer drivers through passengers’ votes
THE KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African National Taxi Council ( Santaco) on Saturday honoured their top drivers for the second year running.
Santaco KZN chairperson Boy Zondi said the initiative aimed to minimise the carnage on SA’s roads.
“One of the major concerns that we have is the issue of safety for the public who use our transport and have no other alternative. We are sending a message to our drivers that we cannot tolerate negligence, namely speeding, drinking and driving, overload and such.”
This year’s competition saw passengers vote for their drivers through a paid SMS from December 2015.
Santaco’s provincial manager Sifiso Shangase told on the Nqola radio show, which Wheels co- hosted on Capital 104, that thousands of commuters had responded.
Commuters in KwaZulu- Natal were asked to vote for the driver that drives safely and communicates well with the passengers. The competition closed on January 30.
Ten taxi drivers with the most votes were then selected based on their experience, outstanding traffic fines and an accident record to compete for the 2016 Best Taxi Driver of the Year title. The competition covered both theory and practical driving tests at Mkondeni.
As was the case in the 2015 Driver of the Year competition, none of the competing taxi drivers could have outstanding fines. Shangase was proud to say only two of the competing drivers had to settle fines before they could compete this year.
The top three drivers in Kwaz- ulu- Natal are Kiss Ndlovu ( 33) from Stanger, Sibusiso Nkabinde ( 42) from Inanda and Sifiso Gumede ( 31) from iNgwavuma. Ndlovu said this opportunity has encouraged him to continue obeying the rules of the road and caring for passengers because they voted for him.
“I hope other drivers will respect their jobs after hearing of this initiative, he added.
Chief inspector Bheki Sokhela on Saturday thanked Santaco KZN for encouraging all taxi drivers to drive safely.
“We will support all your initiatives for the safety of our roads in KZN,” he said.
• Jerry Jones of Capital Radio said his radio station will next work with Santaco and Witness Wheels to make it possible for commuters to send a text message to vote for their drivers on a daily basis. Updates to follow.