The South African Institute of Race Relations has released its latest study on minibus taxis in SA. The study has found that taxis, which are often overloaded, are not safe and that their drivers are deemed untrustworthy.
Taxis are unsafe and you should think twice before trusting their drivers. This is according to the South African Institute of Race Relations, which has published the results of extensive research.
Gareth van Onselen, SAIRR head of politics and governance, compiled a 24-page report on the results.
Van Onselen revealed that, while most South Africans relied on this form of public transport, concerns over taxis included safety, crime and the condition of national roads:
“People felt taxis are somewhat unsafe and drivers are ‘very or somewhat untrustworthy’ with regard to driving safely and responsibly,”
According to IOL, the report had detailed how passengers felt most drivers were aggressive. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, 40% of participants felt that not obeying road laws was one of the biggest issues.
52% of the participants had either seen or been involved in an accident in which a taxi driver was to blame. 38% felt that the risk of being involved in an accident was their greatest fear and 47% had witnessed taxi-related crimes. 44% said they had witnessed a taxi driver being unable to produce a driver's licence.
Briefly.co.za gathered that drunk driving, potholes, illegal driving and speeding had been identified as huge threats to road safety. 72% of participants revealed they had watched a taxi driver breaking road laws.
Sifiso Shangase, provincial manager of the SA National Taxi Council, has said he will use the report to improve services. Despite the grim portrait on display in the report, he was adamant services are improving:
“There is a lot of negativity surrounding minibus taxis, but when we look at the milestones we have achieved, we can see great changes,”
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