Inconsiderate taxi drivers frustrate Bay motorists

ILLEGAL STOPPING: Yet another taxi stops illegally on the Port Elizabeth beachfront. During a 10-minute period at least 15 taxis were seen stopping to load or unload passengers in the slow lane of Marine Drive, with no apparent regard for motorists driving in the same lane behind them.  Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY
ILLEGAL STOPPING: Yet another taxi stops illegally on the Port Elizabeth beachfront. During a 10-minute period at least 15 taxis were seen stopping to load or unload passengers in the slow lane of Marine Drive, with no apparent regard for motorists driving in the same lane behind them. Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY

DRIVING home from class is a nightmare for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) part time student Laryn Lee Maclean, who believes the taxis that constantly stop in front of The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World are an accident waiting to happen.

Maclean, 22, who drives the route five days a week, said it was the most frustrating part of her day.

“You have to be constantly ready for the taxis to just stop in front of you, with no regard for other drivers.”

For years, fed up Port Elizabeth drivers have voiced their frustrations with the Summerstrand taxi drivers, a problem that Ward 2 councillor Dean Biddulph feels should have been addressed a long time ago. – Thulani Gqirana

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6 thoughts on “Inconsiderate taxi drivers frustrate Bay motorists

  • March 11, 2014 at 8:23 am
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    Never a police vehicle around to stop this madness and never have I seen a police vehicle pull aside a car with no number plates…who drive around breaking all the rules !! where are the traffic cops ?! the police ?!!! how sad we have reached this state.

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  • March 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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    There is a clear need for a bus terminus in front of the boardwalk, I believe it’s in the boardwalks best interest to set something in place as the dept of transport clearly isn’t bothered. I drive past twice daily to and from uni and often find myself leaning on the hooter while they casually wait on the red line, while the light is green, at the middle of the busy intersection. Never mind the way they race on the wrong side of the road from the university to get the 1st commuters leaving the boardwalk. But hey, they reckon we can just go around, and hope we don’t hit a pedestrian as a result of the blind spot they created.

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  • March 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    Also blaming the commuters…. if u are using a taxi, wait at the taxi stop and not on street corners because you are to lazy to walk the extra distance, walking is good. Do not get into overloaded taxi’s. You always have a choice, make the right one. No one can force you to climb into any a taxi. The problem with people is that they are always in a hurry and no-one just takes the time to think of all the road users in general.

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  • March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    they dont only do i there come and drive in korsten Mercantile area you will suffer a early stroke for the way these guys drive there They are just plain inconsiderate,non compliant and have no regard or respect for the rules of the road or other motorists. Bladdy idiots

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  • March 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    they do it because they know 1.they can get away with it and 2.it irratates people so they get double “lekker kry” out of it. the traffic department need to do a concentrated blitz on the taxi drives that disobey the law and remove them. take away their licence and to hell with the “protesting” that will then take place. we need to become stricter with them. Dallas

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  • March 10, 2014 at 8:25 am
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    It’s just flagrant disregard for the law. You can clearly see the no stopping sign just behind the taxi. Another place is on Albany road during rush hour. The taxis actually stop next to the no stopping sign at the KFC directly in the path of any cars wishing to turn left or wanting to go to St Georges. But there is no policing of the situation so they think why not and just pull a toffee at us exasperated drivers that have to slam on brakes. On the N2 just after the Samantha Rd off ramp direction Cape Town, there is a no hitch hiking sign which is actually being used as a support pole for those hitching.. Obvious disrespect for the law and why not if you can…… If we all thought like that…….. no comment.

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