Taxi pas­sen­gers are part of the prob­lem

Daily News - - METRO - SATISH DULLAY Jo­han­nes­burg

THERE is no doubt that taxi driv­ers who con­tin­u­ously dis­obey the law by at­tempt­ing to skip traf­fic lights and, at times, driv­ing on the op­po­site side of the road into on­com­ing traf­fic are at­tempt­ing to mur­der their pas­sen­gers and the driv­ers who are in their way.

We seem to have ac­cepted this be­hav­iour as the norm and go about our busi­ness with­out recog­nis­ing the po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe that lies ahead. And those who are charged with en­forc­ing the rules of the road don’t seem to care that much. Why? It seems that the con­se­quences don’t seem that rel­e­vant un­til some­one dies.

Un­law­ful taxi driv­ers aren’t the only cul­prits; pas­sen­gers, too, have their share of blame by con­tin­u­ing to al­low it to hap­pen and by sup­port­ing these driv­ers. If pas­sen­gers know the out­comes of the un­law­ful taxi driv­ers’ ac­tions and ac­cept it, they are clearly part of the prob­lem.

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