13 May 2017 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) The Namibian Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) has launched a revised long distance passenger control book and a pricing booklet.
The launch, which took place on Friday was necessitated by recent accidents that have occurred on Namibias national roads, resulting in the deaths of many people.
Over 15 people died on the road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo recently after a microbus they were travelling in was in an accident and burst into flames. Most of the passengers who died were burnt beyond recognition.
Police had difficulty identifying passengers that died in the accident as there was no proper register at the time.
The newly launched book will be used to register passengers information including their next of kins contact details.
NABTAs President, Vespa Muunda said NABTA, as the sole representative of all public transport operators in Namibia, saw a need to officially launch the book although it has been in existence.
He said the association is there to protect and regulate the industry and ensure passenger safety is taken into consideration by all stakeholders in the industry.
Muunda said the association wanted transport operators to understand the book well before launching it.
A revised long distance pricing booklet was also launched.
The old booklet had spelling errors and it will also be updated as soon as new public transport fees are rectified and gazetted.
Speaking at the same occasion, Councillor of Katutura Central Constituency, Ambrosius Kandjii said the launch of the book had been long overdue.
He called on the association to move with technology and computerise its system for it to have a smooth system.
Deputy Labour Commissioner from the office of the Labour Commission in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Tuuliki Muafufya-Shikongo also called on all public transport operators to be responsible drivers.
If we change our attitudes, we will minimise the loss of lives on our roads. It is each and every Namibians responsibility to change attitude and educate ourselves about road safety, she added.