CoW identifies 301 taxi stops in the capital

25 Jul 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek has started a project to set up taxi and bus stops in order to meet the growing demand for such services around the capital.
Speaking at a media briefing held here on Wednesday, the CoW's Manager for Corporate Communication, Tourism, Marketing and Customer Care, Joshua Amukugo said the City has so far identified about 301 taxi stops in the capital.
“The difference between taxi stops and taxi ranks should be made. The signs that are being erected around the city for taxis are for taxi stops,” he said.
Amukugo explained that a taxi stop is a provision made on the side of the road where a taxi can stop, pick up or drop off a customer and proceed.
A taxi rank, on the other hand, is a permanent form of infrastructure where a taxi can stop and wait for customers, such as those at Wernhil Shopping Centre, Maerua Mall, the University of Namibia (Unam), and at Shoprite Katutura.
He said the setup of this infrastructure may differ, but in terms of fare payments, they serve the same purpose, meaning that if there is a standard taxi fare paid between one form of public transport infrastructure to another, it is also applicable to the taxi stops which have been erected around the city.
Amukugo however noted that the CoW does not regulate taxi fares, and only provides the infrastructure for public transport, adding that taxi fares are regulated by the Road Transportation Board of Namibia, which falls under the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“We acknowledge the need to increase the infrastructure in and around the city to meet the growth demand of the city. However, this should not be an excuse for road users to violate the traffic rules which are in place,” he stressed.
Amukugo encouraged all road users, particularly taxi drivers, to adhere to the traffic rules and regulations.
He said law-enforcement agencies will continue to enforce all enacted laws in the city for the benefit of all road users, be it pedestrians, private vehicle owners or taxi drivers.