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Uncedo taxi association hosts festive season road safety session

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 23, 2018
Uncedo taxi association hosts festive season road safety session

Local taxi association, Uncedo Service Taxi Association, held a prayer and community engagement session aimed at addressing festive season road safety at the Njoli Taxi rank, in Port Elizabeth.

The session was attended by local taxi industry stakeholders as well as residents, road safety representatives and Pastors.

Addressing the gathering, Lungisa Festile, from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Traffic Department, advised drivers to be cautious on the roads all the time as traffic picks up towards the festive season.

"A driver must make sure that he or she has a driver's license because even if the driver can drive, but when they don't own a driver's license, then its impossible for him or her to obey road rules because he doesn't know them," he said.

Festile said that it is important that drivers obey all road signs and to be courteous to other drivers.

"Everyone walking on the road is equal and there is no one more important, everyone is the same," he described.

"When you don't have a license then don't drive because you'll kill the people of God.”

'Festive season road safety starts with the driver'

He also advised drivers to always check if their vehicles are road-worthy – especially those, who will be carrying passengers, so as to minimise the chances of accidents.

Festile said that:

- It is important for drivers to get enough sleep before driving;

- Your concentration must be 100% on the road when you are driving;

- Drivers do not drink and drive; and

- Always be cautious and be aware of other vehicles.

Although drivers will certainly shoulder the blame for accidents, Nozuko Mandini from Kwazakhele CPF, reminded commuters that they are also to blame as much as drivers.

"As public transport passengers, we give drivers a hard time - let's admit it. For example, as a passenger, you know that the taxi is supposed to carry 14, but there are still parents, who insist on bringing their kids and make them sit on their laps while refusing to pay for them to have a seat - that is wrong," she described.

Uncedo taxi association serious about festive season road safety

She also reminded that passengers often drink in the buses or taxis and ask for favours from the driver, which is also wrong.

"Stop drinking and asking a taxi to stop anywhere and everywhere because you want to relieve yourself while you know that the taxi is supposed to stop at designated stops."

She also advised drivers to be good to their passengers, "make sure that the vehicle is carrying people not mealie meal and bags”.

Vice Chairperson of the Port Elizabeth branch of the Uncedo Service’ Taxi Association, Mzwanele Qwabe, said that their offices now have breathalysers to ensure that all taxi drivers operating under their banner are sober while taking passengers in and out of town.

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