MVA roots for more taxi ranks, drop-offs

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), in response to the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU)’s petition to the National Assembly, says the Windhoek municipality should make provision for more taxi ranks and loading on and off points for public transportation to the existing 301.

Earlier last month, NTTU protested to the NA because of allegations the Windhoek municipality would get a fleet of mini busses, only for the municipality to revert that promise, saying, it only plans to replace its existing fleet of big busses.

MVA now admits it has been unsuccessful with its strategies to reduce road accidents because its road safety campaigns have not been able to effectively reach road users.

Of the seven points raised by NTTU, the MVA has identified with two; one being the increase of taxi fines, which it supports saying road users would still continue misbehaving on the road if leniency is shown.

“Road users are well informed about good road-user behaviour but they deliberately choose not to comply with the law. It is common course that effective punishment is the only deterrent factor, not the mere fact of being caught. Therefore, it is the MVA Fund’s position that fines be structured to serve as a sufficient deterrent to would-be offenders. If the fines are reduced, it may not serve that purpose,” MVA acting CEO, Stephen Tjuoro, says.

He adds the other factor raised by the union is inadequate taxi ranks and pick-up zones for taxis. MVA says the inadequacy contributes to the disorderliness that is on the roads in Windhoek. This includes zebra-crossings for pedestrians.

 “The chaos brought about by lack of taxi ranks and load/dropping zones for public transportation vehicles similar to those that are widespread in developed countries induces bad road-user behaviour from all and sundry,” Tjuoro asserts.