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NTTU unhappy with long distance taxi drivers over charging clients

by Rodney Pienaar

The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) president, Werner Januarie has said that the union is unhappy with long distance taxi drivers that overcharge clients that make use of their services and will soon take action.   

The NTTU has completed drafting regulations to be passed in parliament after they have sat with the minster of transport ministry in coming weeks, Januarie has told The Villager in an exclusive interview. 

“It is totally unacceptable that drivers are overcharging their clients. We as the union will take further steps to see to it that this kind of behavior towards clients comes to an end. We do not only represent the drivers but also customers. It is because of the customers that the industry has grown. As soon as the minister signs the draft regulation and it is passed in parliament we can take action against such drivers accordingly,” he said. 

He added that sometimes drivers are not to be blamed but the owners of long distance taxis are ones giving directives as to how much clients must be charged for a specific route. 

Januarie further said that if any person is found in future carrying out criminal activities with a registered taxi the vehicles will be impounded and will be forfeited to the state. 

“Even overcharging that we are talking about will become a criminal act as well in the near future and that is part of our recommendations. This will cause taxi owners to lose their taxis. So I urge them to stop with these illegal activities they are carrying out especially during the long weekends and holidays,” he said. 

He added that the only challenge the NTTU faces is the regulations that are still not in place to deal with culprits that overcharge customers.