Taxis cause one in ten Gauteng accidents and 800 deaths

Les Labuschagne MPL

Deputy Spokesperson on Economic Development

Taxis cause one in ten Gauteng accidents and 800 deaths

Minibus taxis accounted for 11.2% of all road accidents in Gauteng last year, according to a response to my written question from Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko. Taxi accidents also accounted for 810 deaths and 5 058 injuries between 2009 and 2011.

The data indicates a steady decline in accidents involving vehicles other than minibus taxis, while taxi accidents have increased 32% and deaths as a result of taxi accidents were up by 53%.

The department unfortunately has no data on the roadworthiness of the taxis involved in accidents, and provided no information on the number of taxis driven without driver’s licences, with fraudulent licences or illegal number plates.

I will submit follow up questions to the MEC requesting clarity on this lack of information and also request detailed information on the contributory factors in minibus taxi accidents. I will also ask questions on the fatalities and injuries emanating from non-minibus taxi accidents.

The MEC must explain why the contributory factors for other vehicle accidents do not match up, as data is only provided for 2009 – 2010 and for roughly two thirds of accidents.

The roads of our province cannot be a killing ground. Gauteng, its people and economy, are heavily depended on a safe and reliable road transportation network.

It is imperative that those who use our roads and the Community Safety and Roads and Transport departments rigorously ensure that the rules of the road and relevant laws are complied with. Those who break them must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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