The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has warned taxi drivers to prepare for harsh sentences if they put the lives of their passengers and other road users at risk.

Santaco President Phillip Taaibosch says it cannot be acceptable that the same mode of transport that many people rely on is also responsible for their deaths.

Taaibosch was speaking at the memorial service of the 15 people who died in a taxi collision in Randfontein last Friday.

“We will continue doing whatever we can do to ensure that we work on the attitude and behavioural change of our drivers. They must pray that the minister does not give Santaco regulatory powers.”

There have been more impassioned calls for drivers to change their behaviour on the country’s roads after a spate of fatal crashes occurred in the past weekend. Among them, the head-on collision between a taxi and Post Office truck in Randontein on Gauteng’s west rand on Friday

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