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irrDaily News writes that SA minibus taxis are not safe, are often overloaded and their drivers are not trustworthy.  This was the result of research undertaken by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), detailed in a 24-page report compiled by Gareth van Onselen, head of politics and governance at the organisation.  

About one-third of the 1,237 respondents interviewed on various topics, including general taxi use and perceptions of road safety, taxi safety and taxi violence and crime, were from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  Van Onselen said many South Africans relied on minibus taxis, but there were profound concerns both about taxi safety and crime, as well as the condition of roads.  “People felt taxis are somewhat unsafe and drivers are ‘very or somewhat untrustworthy’ with regard to driving safely and responsibly,” he reported.  The report revealed that passengers felt most drivers were somewhat aggressive.  In KZN, 40% identified not obeying the rules of the road as the biggest or second-biggest problem.  Asked to identify two of the biggest threats to road safety, an overwhelming 64% in KZN identified drunk driving as either the biggest or second-biggest threat, followed by pot holes (31%), bad or illegal driving (28%) and speeding (26%).  Some 72% of all respondents said they had witnessed a taxi driver breaking the rules of the road.  SA National Taxi Council’s (Santaco)’s Sifiso Shangase said he would use the report to improve services, if need be.  He claimed taxi services were improving and the people interviewed for the research could be from areas in KZN still experiencing “minor problems”.

  • Read the full original of Zainul Dawood’s report on the IRR’s taxi survey at Daily News

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