SA Taxi Hands Over Patrol Vehicles
As part of our commitment to driving our nation forward, SA Taxi recently handed over patrol vehicles to several taxi associations. The vehicles will be used by regional, provincial, and national associations and the Cross Border Transport Organization to strengthen the taxi industry’s ability to self-regulate.
SA Taxi collaborated with industry stakeholders in the hopes that the vehicles will help improve safety on the road, reduce conflict between drivers, and minimise conflict between drivers and law enforcement agencies.
The handing over process was carefully co-ordinated and timed to coincide with the completion of executive member elections in the various associations. The new executive teams start their term with the new patrol vehicles which they will use to monitor road usage by members and give feedback that can be used to effect constructive change in the industry.
SA Taxi Communications Executive, Maroba Maduma, says this is in line with the company’s intention to professionalise the industry. “Everything we do at SA Taxi is designed to help professionalise and formalise the industry in order to make it sustainable,” he says.
“In this particular initiative, we’re focused on capacitation in relation to safety. We’ve removed for taxi associations the vehicle costs involved in patrolling and monitoring their members’ activities. They can now focus on developing and deploying the necessary skills to not only make such patrols and monitoring more effective but to evolve progressively better processes and methodologies for regulating the industry,” adds Maduma.
He also mentions how the patrol vehicles – which SA Taxi has branded for each association – will help raise levels of accountability in the industry.
“Our vehicle donations, therefore, contribute to the ability of associations to engender respect from their members, the public, and law enforcement, raising levels of responsibility and accountability among all concerned.
“And, by increasing levels of road safety, the knock-on effect of the donations is to make taxi operations more sustainable and, thereby, contribute to enterprise development.” He concludes.