I wonder if the high court in KwaZulu-Natal gave serious thought to what its judgment against taxi-permit conversion will do to passengers and other motorists.
It is all very well arguing about a point of law, but desperate methods are needed to regulate the taxi industry, particularly for reasons of road safety. Traffic officers must issue strict fines to remove those dangerous cowboys who give all taximen a bad name from our roads. The taxi recapitalisation programme was not put in place to exclude some drivers only. It should be utilised to remove the numerous and dangerous skorokoros others share the road with - and by that I mean passengers, pedestrians and other motorists.
If the government doesn't want to clean up the taxi image then it is up to the taxi industry to regulate itself. The ultimate principle that should be a guide for all taxi associations and drivers is, safety first. After all, if you kill your passenger you also kill your source of income.
And passengers can help by reporting bad drivers to Arrive Alive on 0861-400-800. Or even better, they can refuse to board a skorokoro or ride with a driver they know is bad. Use your money to make drivers behave. It's your power.
Councillor Ann BarnesJohannesburg