Taxi driver’s leg sticks out of win­dow

African Times - - News - AKANI CHAUKE

A TAXI driver steer­ing his ve­hi­cle at high speed with his leg stick­ing out of the win­dow has sparked a storm in South Africa.

The un­named man was caught on video on the M1 high­way in Jo­han­nes­burg. Traf­fic po­lice are not amused by the driver’s the­atrics. “This be­hav­iour is not al­lowed on pub­lic roads. It af­fects the safety of other mo­torists,” said Jo­han­nes­burg Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Min­naar.

He said if the driver was ar­rested, he could be charged with reck­less driv­ing. En­forcers will face a tor­rid time iden­ti­fy­ing the man or the ve­hi­cle as the video de­pict­ing the mis­be­haviour is hazy. The taxi union called on the pub­lic to re­port mis­be­hav­ing driv­ers.

“We still urge peo­ple to con­tact us when they see taxis driv­ing reck­lessly,” South African Na­tional Taxi Coun­cil spokesman, Thabisho Molelekwa, said.

South African taxi driv­ers have a bad rep­u­ta­tion.

They are in­fa­mous for be­ing rude and vi­o­lent to com­muters. The taxi driv­ers are also no­to­ri­ous for bul­ly­ing other road users and dis­re­spect­ing traf­fic reg­u­la­tions.

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