Taxi owners: We have failed to uphold the law

A taxi boss has accused Transport MEC of ignoring their issues, which often results in people dying.

FILE: There have been frank discussions about the challenges facing the taxi industry, including the recurring violence that affects commuters. Picture: @EMER_G_MED.

JOHANNESBURG -Taxi owners attending an industry summit have told authorities that they too have failed to uphold the law.

A meeting between Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, her transport counterpart, Ismail Vadi, and taxi bosses is underway to discuss the issues faced within the industry.

Both MECs and owners have had an opportunity to share their grievances, including the behaviour of taxi drivers.

There have been frank discussions about the challenges facing the taxi industry, including the recurring violence that affects commuters.

This taxi boss has accused transport Vadi of ignoring their issues, which often results in people dying.

"When we complain about these issues, our cars get impounded."

Nkosi-Malobane has also called on taxi owners to treat their employees better, as this has an impact on the attitude that drivers have toward commuters.

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