Taxis must be regulated
THE taxi industry is one of the main public transport systems in the country, and as such, one would hope that the government would take a keen interest in regulating and standardising it.
But the government seems apathetic about the regulation and management of the industry.
This has led to an industry that regulates itself, rife with crime and corruption. It’s putting commuters’ lives at stake. Most disheartening is the number of casualties as a result of reckless and negligent driving.
Taxis are the preferred mode of transport for many commuters because they can get to places others can’t, and they are available at any given time.
The industry s contribution to economic growth was acknowl- edged recently when an Asian minibus maker invited taxi associations to the naming of its new taxi fleet.
This is a significant stride towards the recognition of the taxi industry s contribution to the car manufacturing industry, a fact that is always neglected when we talk of the taxi industry and taxi drivers.
The government’s ignorance of the industry is concerning, because it affects commuters.
The lives of many people are left in hands of an industry that is self-regulating. That is a dangerous formula for the growth of a society, its stability and its economy.
Besides the economic effects that are suffered, the neglect of the industry means people’s health is affected by the state of taxi ranks. Taxi ranks are filthy, smelly, wet and poorly ventilated with poor lighting. There are no officers to direct traffic, especially during peak hours, so most taxis end up blocking nearby roads. The government’s neglect of taxis and taxi ranks affect commuters.
The government and the taxi industry must put the lives of commuters before profit.
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