NPPTA concerned with taxi operators involved in crimes

17 Nov 2017 08:10am
RUNDU, 17 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA) in the Kavango East Region is concerned with the escalating crime involving taxi operators.
The association raised this concern during a stakeholder meeting here on Thursday.
NPPTA Regional Chairperson, Thobias Hamutenya said it has come to their attention that taxi drivers or operators are involving themselves in criminal activities.
Hamutenya gave an example of an incident late last month when a taxi driver and his two accomplices were shot by a passenger when they tried to rob him of his belongings.
He said taxi drivers should know their duty and shy away from involving themselves in criminal activities.
The meeting was attended by members of the traffic department, including committee leaders and workers of the association including a few taxi owners.
The chairperson further urged taxi and long distance bus owners to do a thorough background check before employing drivers, because they often lack sufficient information regarding the drivers they employ.
“Please let us have background information of these drivers,” he urged.
Hamutenya added that many people have reported that their belongings got lost in long distance buses, urging drivers to be responsible with customers’ belongings in their care.
Head of the traffic department of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Joseph Hausiku urged taxi drivers to refrain from dirty dealings as well as from drinking alcohol on duty.