VIDEO: Disabled people demand better taxi service

People with disabilities in Winterveldt marched to their local taxi association on Tuesday to demand better service.

Led by the African Disabled People’s Movement (ADPM), they proceeded to Jakkalas Taxi rank in Winterveldt.

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The protesters delivered memorandums to the local taxi association leadership and a representative of roads and transport MMC Sheila Lynn Senkubuge.

The residents pleaded with the MMC to intervene in what they described as an appalling state of local taxis.

Hundreds of residents including people without disabilities, turned up to support the march.

ADPM president William Shibuyane said they invited the MMC to the taxi rank so she could see for herself the taxis being used daily.

He said local taxis were not user-friendly for people living with a disability.

“They (taxis) are moving coffins, neither safe nor friendly to people living with a disability,” he said.

“We demand that the taxi association (Mawikta) provide taxis that have passenger liability, are friendly for people living with disabilities and senior citizens and a better service.,” read the memorandum.

“We demand Mawikta compensate residents recently injured in a protest.”

The residents demanded that Mawikta hire drivers with the relevant driving documents.

He said there was no space for wheelchairs in the local taxis, and if one is in a wheelchair, the drivers want such a person to pay for the wheelchair as well.

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“Most of the taxis are old, dilapidated and do not have road permit,” he said.

Shibuyane said the drivers were rude and arrogant towards people living with disabilities.

The residents also demanded taxis to take them directly from Maboneni to town and Mboneni to Ga-Rankuwa.

He said this was why he recently decided to form his own political party to advance and protect the rights of disabled people.

“There is a definite need for more public transport facilities that cater for people living with physical disabilities.”

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