Sunday, October 23, 2011

KZN authorities reject taxi alliance’s plans to form its own road trust

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 October 2011

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has rejected a call by the KZN Transport Taxi Alliance to establish its own trust fund to compensate road accident victims.

Departmental spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says part of the problem is that some taxis are not roadworthy and are driven by people without drivers' licences.

Ncalane says allowing the KZN transport alliance to establish their own trust fund would be tantamount to government endorsing illegal operators on the road.

Meanwhile, from the Eastern Cape comes the news that four people have been killed and seven others injured after a minibus overturned between East London and King William's Town.

Arrive Alive spokesperson Tsepo Machaea says the driver lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road and landed in the bush.

The injured have been taken to East London's Frere Hospital.

And in the Western Cape one person has been killed and two others seriously injured in a head-on collision outside Saldanha on the West Coast.

Emergency and rescue officials say the accident happened when two bakkies crashed head-on on the R27 early yesterday morning.

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