Taxi drivers have decided to strike today against the new AARTO (Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences) Act.
“The Aarto system penalises drivers with demerit points for traffic offences. Once a driver has 12 demerit points, his or her driver's licence gets suspended for three months. A driver's licence gets cancelled on the third suspension,” writes Giordano Stolley at Mail&Guardian.
“The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) is demanding that the government withdraws the new licensing system, saying that it would cause their members untold hardship and a loss of jobs.”
You see, these striking taxi drivers are concerned about the hardship and loss they will suffer due to the new law.
What they do not want to admit to is the fact that of all drivers in South Africa, taxi drivers are in my opinion by far the worst! It is true that they will suffer and experience job losses among them. In fact, many of them will experience this sooner rather than later! They drive like hooligans, and ignore traffic laws and regulations with impunity! They are in fact a danger not just to others using South African roads, but to the very passengers they transport across the country!
If there is indeed a way of controlling the taxi industry and its lawlessness, then it must be done!
I say, go AARTO!