Taxi owners should register drivers: City Police

15 Apr 2014 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – The Windhoek City Police has urged all taxi owners to register their taxi drivers at its headquarters, as its office is bombarded with vehicle owners trying to hunt down their taxi drivers daily.
Superintendent Gerhard Kakonda told Nampa upon enquiry on Tuesday that the City Police has been approached by taxi owners wanting to trace drivers that disappeared after accumulating heaps of traffic fines while under their employ.
He however cautioned that the City Police is aware that some taxi vehicle owners have a tendency of hiding their taxi drivers and then claiming that the drivers have disappeared so that they can be exempted from paying the fines.
He said taxi owners who were left with fines that were issued to previous drivers, have approached the City Police to help in the hunt for these old drivers.
“When taxi operators register the taxi number, the City automatically registers the taxi driver as well. But when the driver leaves, the operators do not come back to deregister the driver and register the new one. In some instances, you find that the driver has given false details about himself, which makes it hard for the operator to find them after they’ve left,” he said.
Kakonda noted that some taxi owners often propose to pay only a portion of the outstanding fines, but this is never allowed.
“What the drivers then do is to approach the City Police and they ask to pay a portion of the fines and have the other portion erased so that they can obtain a registration certificate to operate the vehicle on the road,” he said.
Kakonda added that for drivers to be in good standing with their vehicles, they will have to pay all their outstanding fines.
“The City Police can unfortunately not find the drivers who are using traffic fines that were issued from the vehicle, unless the fines were issued to the driver for road transgressions and not on the vehicle,” he explained.