Parliamentary Standing Committee says public transport system is in worrisome state

WINDHOEK: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs says the public transport system in the country is in a worrisome state.

The committee made this clear in its report following a petition by the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) handed over to the National Assembly in July last year.

The petition was subsequently referred to the committee on 03 October 2013, after which it then held its first meeting with the NTTU on 15 October 2013.

Issues that the NTTU wanted the NA to consider include high traffic fines, and the inadequate provision of taxi ranks and loading zones.

While presenting the report in the NA on Tuesday, chairperson of that committee, Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele said it is a massive task to make a sustainable difference to the increasing chaotic conditions on the roads of the country, especially in Windhoek.

She said most of the stakeholders they met such as the Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Ministry of Works and Transport, Road Safety Council and others argue that if road users, including taxi drivers, obey the law and rules of the road, there will be no fines and the roads will become safer.

The Member of Parliament said these stakeholders agreed that laws, rules and regulations, including high traffic fines on traffic control, were not made for a specific segment of the Namibian public.