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Transport minister: Taxi drivers must take responsibility for their negative image

Dipuo Peters says the taxi drivers have a duty to drive responsibly and minimise road deaths.

Over 100 taxi drivers holding a go-slow gathered at the Noord Taxi Rank in the Johannesburg CDB on Thursday 5 September 2013 demanding a R30,000 fee from bosses as an apology for the previous day’s shootout. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters says taxi drivers must take responsibility for the negative image they have and urged commuters not to apply pressure on taxi drivers to speed.

Peters has been leading a discussion at the national road safety strategy engagement and development summit in Johannesburg.

She says she will present a document before Parliament on the resolutions made at the summit today. 

Various road agencies and NGOs have gathered at Gallagher Estate to make their contribution to a new road safety strategy.

The minister says the taxi industry transports over 60 percent of commuters and has a duty to drive responsibly and minimise road deaths.

“They are actually responsible for the bad image of the industry and it is up to them to change it.”          

She says her department is already in talks with taxi owners to change the attitude of drivers and commuters.

“As for taxi passengers, they are the ones who swear at traffic officers when they stop the taxis and they are the ones who always encourage the driver to speed because they’ve got particular demands on them.”

Peters also revealed that South Africa's road death toll exceeds the global average and that road deaths have a negative effect on the economy too.

WATCH: Road carnage up by 14% compared to last year

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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