Taxi union wants 10% increase

The NTTU president said the recent petrol increase – by 80 cents per litre for both petrol and diesel - far exceeds the price of taxi fare per passenger.

03 May 2021 | Transport

ELLANIE SMIT







WINDHOEK

The taxi union wants a 10% increase in taxi fares, effective 15 March. Currently, the taxi fare is N$12.

Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) president Werner Januarie yesterday gave the transport ministry notice of the increase, and said he would be challenging the Road Transport Act of 1977 in the Windhoek High Court, which he claims is an ‘apartheid law’.

In a letter addressed to transport minister John Mutorwa, he said the petrol increase on Wednesday far exceeds the price of taxi fare per passenger.

The price of both petrol and diesel increased by 80 cents a litre this month. New fuel prices at Walvis Bay have been set at N$12.65 per litre of petrol, and N$12.68 per litre of diesel.

Januarie said the increase in taxi fare is done in compliance with section 12 (3) of the Road Transport Act.

“Be strongly advised that very soon your law that you useless elements in government love and adore so much will be challenged in the High Court of Namibia, together with the unjust, unconstitutional high traffic fines by non-other than yours truly,” Januarie wrote.

The first motion on this matter will be brought before court on 19 March.

‘Dehumanising’ law

The NTTU president said the Road Transport Act is “dehumanising” employed taxi drivers, as they have no social protection.

Januarie, who has since 2013 been advocating for the establishment of the Public Passenger Road Transport Bill, said while Parliament was informed about the Bill in 2019 and while Mutorwa claimed it would reach the National Assembly last year, no such progress has been made.

“Hopefully the court will give a listening ear to hear those sections of my application dealing with your apartheid law as well as your unlawful and unconstitutional traffic fines,” he wrote.

‘Unwarranted personal attacks’

In a reply to Januarie, Mutorwa said the ministry, through its lawyers, is ready to argue the case in court.

He further said despite Januarie’s unfounded and unwarranted personal insults, a written response would be prepared clearly highlighting the progress with regards to the Public Passenger Road Transport Bill.

The minister said the Bill is currently with legal drafters after it was approved last September by the Cabinet Committee on Legislation.

He added that the Road Transportation Board of Namibia should also clarify the “alleged” taxi fare increases.

Similar News

 

Airport expansion completed this month

12 hours ago | Transport

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe N$250 million project expansion project at Hosea Kutako International Airport is expected to accommodate increased passenger movements until 2030.The massive congestion alleviation project...

Bleeding TransNamib to retrench 340 employees

1 day - 20 September 2021 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKTransNamib intends to retrench 340 of its 1 309 employees within the coming weeks, its CEO Johny Smith has informed public enterprises minister Leon...

FlyWestair takes flight to north-east

3 weeks ago - 27 August 2021 | Transport

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKFlyWestair on Tuesday launched two new destinations, Rundu and Katima Mulilo, with inaugural flights for the media.Departing from Eros Airport in Windhoek, these new...

Smart new wheels for Shoprite shopper

1 month - 19 August 2021 | Transport

Yochanaan CoetzeeShoprite Namibia continues to change lives, with the latest winner of its Win-a-Car competition describing his new Ford Figo as an incredible blessing.“My father...

Transnet crisis: Imports, exports affected

1 month - 02 August 2021 | Transport

RONELLE RADEMEYER WALVIS BAY Sabotage on Transnet in South Africa has incapacitated the import...

LEFA hosts business empowerment workshop

1 month - 30 July 2021 | Transport

The Sustainable Business Empowerment Training Initiative workshop hosted by LEFA Transportation Services was successfully concluded at Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel in Windhoek last week. ...

NABTA calls for toll gates

3 months ago - 17 June 2021 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) has called for the introduction...

NABTA calls for toll gates

3 months ago - 16 June 2021 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) has called for the introduction of toll gates to level the playing field...

Old railway to blame for accidents

3 months ago - 31 May 2021 | Transport

TANJA BAUSE WINDHOEKIn the last four months, six TransNamib locomotives and 42 wagons...

Walvis Bay ranks above SA harbours

3 months ago - 28 May 2021 | Transport

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The Port of Walvis Bay has been ranked above South African...

Latest News

Favourable environment to invest in...

12 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUNamibia is currently in a buyers’ market, making it a good time to invest in a property or a dream home. According to Frans...

‘She is an unruly drunkard’

12 hours ago | Justice

TUYEIMO HAIDULA ONDANGWA The woman accused of beating her daughter Wilka Shikongo so...

Swapo blasts ECN, boycotts recount

12 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe ruling party has taken serious issue with the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s (ECN) decision to recount ballot papers...

A young man feeding the...

12 hours ago | Agriculture

Rivaldo KavangaNdatulumukwa Haikali, known for his passion for agriculture and empowering young people in the agricultural sector, has made great strides in the Namibian agricultural...

China losing battle to sell...

12 hours ago | Economics

ANNIE THOMASMuch has ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, but not the march of Sino-Congolese friendship. The Chinese embassy in Kinshasha is keen...

EDITORIAL: Swapo must respect electoral...

12 hours ago | Opinion

For years, the opposition in Namibia was blamed, sometimes correctly, of tainting the credibility of our elections.This is because even when there was no shred...

Your voice

12 hours ago | Opinion

This week we asked Unam hostel students to share their opinions on online dating and how can they protect themselves from catfishing.Patience MbungaOnline dating can...

Youth unemployment crisis

12 hours ago | Youth

Rivaldo KavangaShocking statistics were brought to light in parliament in the last two weeks as it was discovered that the highest qualification of 229 259...

WASH YOUR HANDS

12 hours ago | Youth

Young children have learned a lot about the importance of hygiene during the pandemic. A learner from Orwetoveni Primary School in Otjiwarongo is seen washing...

Load More