This morning I saw something that made me cringe, I am used to sitting in traffic on my way to work and have gotten accustomed to seeing Taxis and motor vehicles that seem hardly roadworthy driven by drivers that definitely are not, cruising past my left hand side in the yellow lane, pushing their way in front of me when a Metro Police Officer is the vicinity and then climb back into the yellow lane when all is clear.
This is not a new site, well not from a Gauteng perspective anyway, my thinking is that this all starts with people who cannot afford their own mode of transportation and take taxis to get to work/town, once they can afford their own vehicle, they have seen how the “public transport officials” do it and get away with it, so they do it as well.
Coming back to this morning, there were a group of cyclists in the yellow lane for their morning run, when from behind a taxi came hooting and speeding towards them, the cyclists had absolutely no where to go, seeing as this is an emergency lane for Police and Ambulances to use, they simply continued on their merry way, the vehicle persisted to drive up behind them and almost nudge the person at the back, forcing 15 odd cyclists off the road onto the rocks and gravel just so that the taxi can push past maybe 10 cars, unfortunately this was not the end as the first taxi was followed by a quadrat of before mentioned vehicles and taxis.
The cyclists were finally able to get back on the road after coming to a complete stop on the gravel waiting for the traffic to surge past illegally, only just though, as they took the first turn off to get out of the firing line.
Something has to be done and soon, as reckless drivers, I must also mention that there are reckless cyclists as well, need to be stopped and laws need to be upgraded and punishments should be harsher than a JMPD Officer simply waving his arm in a motion for the vehicles to get out of the yellow lane.