Walvis Bay public transport drivers carry out roadworthiness tests

Walvis Bay public transport drivers carryout roadworthiness tests

Public transport drivers in Walvis Bay have started their own roadworthiness check-ups to ensure their cars are not a danger to the public.
The move falls under the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and Walvis Bay Taxi rank's Green Dot Programme.
The programme allows loadmasters at the taxi rank to check if the drivers' professional authorisation is still valid and then moves on to the tyres, lights, hooters among others.
All drivers are required to have fire extinguishers in their cars before they are given a green dot as approval to drive on public roads.
If the driver fails the test, the loadmaster bars the driver from using the taxi rank to load customers.
Municipality's Senior Traffic Officer, Clifton Jacobs, warned drivers that passing the programme does not mean a car is certified to be road worthy as it can still be stopped at roadblocks.
MVA Senior Manager for Accident and Injury Prevention, Sidney Boois, says more interventions are needed to reduce the high death rates in road crashes.
In 2018, the Transport Minister announced that Namibia is ranked 45th on the road traffic accidents death list in the world.