DECLARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND OLD-AGE HOMES AS TAXI RANKS!

DECLARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND OLD-AGE HOMES AS TAXI RANKS!

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Safe Cabs 4 Us started this petition to Namibia Bus and Taxi Assoaciation and

The public transportation sector has become financially and safety-wise burdensome and worrisome to members of the public. Taxi operators increasingly employ tactics of self-entitlement to unethically manipulate and exploit the system in order to benefit unfairly from it. Cab drivers exploit passengers and tourists by charging unreasonable and at times, exorbitant taxi fares. They have the Namibian public transportation-using public in their hands, so much so that we must dance to their tunes and are of the misconception that only we need them for their services, forgetting that we as users, pay them for their unreasonable, low quality and unsafe services. In the end, even the government, the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) and unions, side ignorantly with these exploiters of a dire and crippling Namibian economic situation, such that taxi fare increments do not reflect the increment and decrement of fuel prices and inflation when studied closer.

·         Consider the fact that taxi fares increase (inconsistently) when fuel prices increase, but remain the same when the fuel price decreases and increase the next time.

·         Cab drivers also charge double for very short distances from taxi ranks to schools, hospitals, clinics, and old-age homes, which is unfair. And to make it worse, they redouble that amount from 12 pm to 6 am. Why must we pay an extra N$12.00 during the day and N$24.00 at night for a mere 50 – 500m from the taxi rank?

·         Taxi fares in Namibian towns are the same as that of Windhoek, which is unfair considering the much smaller physical sizes of these towns and shorter distances in them compared to the Windhoek situation.

·         And for these unfair prices Namibians also pay with their lives as Namibian cabs, in general, have increasingly become unsafe, unreliable and disgraceful. A very huge number of taxis also operate without taxi licenses and public driver’s permits. In the meantime, they demand traffic penalty fees be reduced. What for? To keep on gambling with our lives? We say no more!

·         Long distance taxi drivers refuse to drop their passengers off at home even at night and charge them an extra fee in municipal areas as if they have the license to do so.

As cash-paying taxi customers we demand that:

1.      All public schools, hospitals, clinics, registered religious institutions and old-age homes must be declared as taxi ranks up to which the normal cab fare is charged, that is N$12.00 during daytime currently. After 12pm to 6 am cab fees must be decreased to N$15.00. Senior citizens and children under te age of six must pay N$10.00 during the day and N$12.00 from 12pm to 6am.

2.      Taxi fees in Namibian towns must be reduced in relation to physical size and road distances which are not the same as those of Windhoek. These should be N$10.00 during the day and N$12.00 from 12pm to 6am.

3.      Increments and decrements in taxi fares must coincide with and reflect fluctuations in fuel prices.

4.      Taxi drivers must treat passengers with dignity and respect and keep their safety and health in high esteem.

5.      Long-distance taxi drivers must drop their passengers at the taxi rank closest to their respective homes at night without an extra charge.

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