Top Taxi Project

On 10 April, a very unique and exciting road safety project, the Top Taxi Project, was launched and motorists have since reported an improvement in the attitudes and driving behavior of the men who move Windhoek.

“Today is in honour of all the taxi drivers who spend long hours in their cars, getting people to work and back home every day. They provide an essential service to society and help drive the economy of the country, viva taxi drivers, viva,” said Kolie van Coller, Managing Director of Kosmos 94.1, who initiated the project to help change attitudes and give incentives to the best taxi drivers in the capital.

The undertaking has come about with both the public and private sector joining hands in an effort to make the roads of Windhoek safer for all.

The main players in this project will be the estimated 6 000 taxi drivers and of course, their passengers, who will score taxis on their overall experience and how safe the driver drove. This could make or break a taxi driver’s chances of walking away with the weekly prize money, so drivers had better be on their best behaviour.

The Top Taxi Project will award the ‘Top Taxi Driver of the Week’, with N$3 000 in cash, compliments of Standard Bank Namibia, N$500 worth of safety equipment from Namibia Medical Care (NMC) as well as other gifts to sweeten the deal.

How does it work? As of Monday, 14 April, taxi drivers who would like to take part in the competition must get their entry forms in The Namibian, complete the entry form, and take it to either Shoprite Independence branch or Lafrenz branch. Only these two branches will participate in this competition.

The entry forms must then be placed in the containers at the Moneymarket within Shoprite, marked Top Taxi.

Thereafter, the participating taxi driver must collect two stickers (to stick on the back of their vehicle’s headrests. These are the instructions for the passengers) and two stickers to be pasted on both sides of hisher vehicle.

The sponsors who have come to the table and have helped make the competition possible are the The Namibian newspaper, NMC, Standard Bank Namibia, Shoprite Namibia and Windhoek City Police.

If you’re a taxi driver, make sure enter and put yourself in the running to in these exciting prizes on a weekly basis!

The weekly winner must be willing to have hisher photo taken for publication in The Namibian and will receive their prize at the Kosmos Radio studio between 07h30 and 08h00.

“Viva taxi drivers, viva!” exclaimed the chorus of stakeholders, including Mayor Agnes Kafula, City Police Chief Kanine and Major General Desderuis Shilunga of the Namibian Police Force.

Source : The Namibian