Anger and frustration boiled over on Thursday morning when Johannesburg commuters were caught up in a massive Santaco taxi strike. Picture:  SUPPLIED
Anger and frustration boiled over on Thursday morning when Johannesburg commuters were caught up in a massive Santaco taxi strike. Picture: SUPPLIED

The National Taxi Alliance strike was just another show of thugs running the industry. The organisation voiced numerous ridiculous demands, including for a government subsidy. I understand the argument that those commuters farthest away from city centres and employment possibilities are mainly from poor groups and should receive some sort of assistance.

It is estimated to be a R40bn a year cash industry, yet the SA Revenue Service (SARS) collects almost no tax apart from the fuel levy. That needs to change, and if a subsidy is then considered, it should be on condition that all taxi vehicles are roadworthy and legally registered, taxi drivers have legitimate driver’s licences and professional driving permits, and taxi owners register their businesses with SARS.

Once this can be achieved, designated daytime taxi lanes can be identified, and safe drop-off enclaves can be constructed.

Eckehardt Ficinus, Dunkeld

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