- Taxi operators in Gauteng say it is unfair that other modes of transport have special lanes but taxis do not
- They say that the introduction of such lanes will make taxis run more smoothly
- They also argue that these lanes will reduce taxi accidents
Taxi operators in Gauteng have called for the implementation of special taxi lanes.
They say these lanes while help taxis run more smoothly and will help to reduce the rate of accidents.
The Gauteng National Taxi Association has complained that there are dedicated lanes for other modes of transport but not for taxis.
Taxis remain the most- used form of transport in South Africa, making up 65% of all travel, Briefly.co.za has gathered. According to the South African National Taxi Council, more than 15 million citizens commute by taxi every day. Additionally, the taxi industry creates employment for roughly 60 000 people.
However, taxis also account for a large proportion of all car accidents in the country. Research conducted by the Automobile Association of South Africa says there are roughly 70 00 taxi vehicle accidents per year.
Now, taxi operators in Gauteng argue that special taxi lanes will make travel by taxi more safe. Additionally, a member of the Gauteng National Taxi Association says that the introduction of a taxi lane will reduce traffic violations, according to Sowetan Live.
"During peak hour, we are also targeted by traffic officers," explained association member Godfrey Mathebula. "If we have a dedicated lane, this will reduce the number of accidents that happen on the roads and also reduce the likelihood of road infringements."
Taxi operators have reportedly been in talks with the Gauteng government over the issue. Premier David Makhura is expected to comment publicly on the matter in the coming days.
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