Taxi Lawlessness can be solved…….
There has been a huge, justifiable, reaction to the senseless killing of nine children as a result of a taxi driver who disobeyed a railroad crossing set of booms. As reported he passed the other waiting traffic and tried to negotiate his way through, resulting in the taxi being hit by an oncoming train.
I have been, as many of you probably have, trying to deal with the absolute anger as a result of this tragedy. Making things worse is the journey home each day in which we see many taxi drivers continuing to break the law. (Driving down the emergency lane, crossing solid white lines and the rest)
Yesterday I saw a taxi driver breaking the rules. He crossed over a solid white line, only to cause several cars to slam on brakes. I dutifully hooted at him, probably a bit longer than I would normally do. To my amazement several of the passengers in the vehicle laughed and waved at me. This is when it struck me.
These passengers have the ability to change the driver’s attitudes. They need to also take accountability for the driver’s actions and by supporting a driver who breaks the law are they not also in some way complicit?
Now before you say, these were children. I understand that, but this driver has probably ferried hundreds, if not thousands, of passengers in the past. All this time, he would have broken many of the rules of the road, all the while with passengers on board.
We are a country of strike action, as can be proven by the current ongoing civil servant strike action. Should we not be encouraging the passengers in these taxis to stop their support of the drivers and the taxi bosses. Fundamentally, they would be achieving two things. Firstly, they would be securing their own lives against potentially dangerous acts of the driver and secondly they would help to make the roads safer for all users.
Continuing with the thought to extend the accountability in the industry. I think that urgent legislation should be passed making the taxi bosses complicit in terms of rules being broken. In the same way any joint and several liability would apply. They should be fined, along with the driver, when the driver breaks the rules. This would create pressure from the bosses on the drivers to follow the rules of the road.
What do you think?