It’s rather amazing how much impact traffic has in people’s lives, and the South African economy. I travel by two taxis to and from college and it’s just an everyday struggle that I will get delayed by traffic. To some people they don’t mind, but for me it is my only fear because I have been locked out from a lecture because of it.
Firstly our roads are not the best and for some reason the government adds lanes, while the people seem to add cars. Traffic lights are often not working regardless of the weather. Traffic lights are just not taken care of and maintained regularly; as a result there are accidents and traffic jams. I just don’t get why the Gauteng provincial government can’t adopt what is done in Durban, where taxis and buses use their own lane. Trust me, it works.
We all know that taxi drivers are the worst people on our roads. But imagine if they had their own lane: There probably wouldn’t be any delays or accidents on our roads. Another option is if the government introduces a rule that you can only drive small cars on weekends, which would really be a relief to the taxi business. I honestly see people travelling on their cars alone, which makes me wonder why do people just choose to flood the roads instead of saving money they spend on petrol.
It is your car, yes, but please: You are causing traffic and also making life difficult for people like me who ride taxis, because the government keeps increasing petrol prices thinking you will stop using that car and use public transport. We suffer because of motorists because if petrol is up, our taxi fare also increases. I’d like to challenge you to think whenever you enter your car. How much you will spend and how much time you will wait in traffic?