San­taco’s top ten driv­ers

KZN branch leads na­tional taxi coun­cil in pro­mot­ing safer driv­ers through pas­sen­gers’ votes

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VIJOEN

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.

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