NTTU objects to planned demerit system

10 Mar 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) has expressed concern over the implementation of a new points demerit system, allegedly despite no proper infrastructure being in place for taxis to operate properly.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, the president and secretary-general of NTTU Werner Januarie said the union would reject the demerit system that the City Police plan to introduce later this year if there are not enough taxi ranks and proper facilities for taxi drivers.
“We have nothing against the system, the only thing is that there is no proper infrastructure in place for taxis to operate. I think it is unfair,” he said.
Januarie’s comments came after the City Police Chief Abraham Kanime told a local daily, Namibian Sun, that in an effort to improve road safety in Windhoek such a system could be implemented soon.
In addition, as part of a City Police campaign to crack down on negligent drivers, all commercial and public transport drivers could soon face extensive competency tests before being re-issued with the necessary permits.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is also in the process of reviewing traffic regulations, the Road Transport and Traffic Act, 1999.
At a media conference on Wednesday, Januarie noted that the union is “seriously contemplating and busy consulting on how we can withdraw from this whole process and assess the impact thereof.”
A media statement availed to Nampa after the event indicated that the union will petition the move.
Januarie emphasised that unless the City Police wants chaos during the process, they should ensure that the issues are resolved and rectified in good time with the union which advocated for a positive change in the industry.
“Let us further also just remind one another that for a smooth transition of the industry and the successful implementation of the new system to take place, it would require good working relations and cooperation from all parties involved,” he added.