Minibus Taxi Crashes and Road Safety in Gauteng

Summary of Fatal Crashes Involving Minibus Taxis January 2013 to April 2016

There has been much concern by road users in South Africa pertaining to road crashes involving minibus taxis. The minibus taxi industry is an essential part of the transport system in South Africa.

Millions of commuters are transported daily by this mode of transport.

This is clearly evident from the latest vehicle population statistics. At the end of April 2016 there were 301,000 registered minibus taxis on our roads with 117,000 of these vehicles registered in Gauteng.

This is a rather complex industry requiring effective public private partnering to contribute towards making roads safer.

We would like to offer some insights to the threat to road safety and the urgent need for cooperation with the taxi industry to provide greater safety for the South African road user.

Summary of Fatal Crashes Involving Taxis

Year Fatal Crashes Fatalities
2013 202 291
2014 199 239
2015 191 84
Jan - Apr 2016 56 84
Total 648 857

Fatalities per Road User Category (Involving Minibus Taxis)

Period Pedestrian Driver Passenger Motor
Cyclist
Cyclist Total
Fatalities
2013 98 55 131 1 6 291
2014 106 41 79 4 9 239
2015 88 40 99 7 9 243
Jan - Apr 2016 25 11 45 2 1 84
Total 317 147 354 14 25 857

Recent High Profile Minibus Taxis Related Fatal Crashes

29 November 2015 - 19 Dead

 

29 April 2016 - 15 Dead

 

15 March 2016 - JMPD Killed by Taxi

Recent High Profile Minibus Taxis Related Fatal Crashes

Area

Date

Killed

Westonaria (R28)

29 November 2015

19

Bronkhorstspruit (R568)

3 January 2013

17

Randfontein (R41)

29 April 2016

15

Fochville (N12)

25 October 2013

15

Wierdabrug (N14)

16 June 2013

7

Diepsloot (N14)

27 November 2013

7

Brackendowns

3 March 2013

6

Heidelberg (N3)

5 June 2014

6

Brackendowns

9 March 2013

5

Bramley (M1)

16 November 2015

5

Taxi Related Fatal Crashes (2012 – April 2016)

  • Almost the same number of pedestrians are killed as vehicle occupants.
  • 85% of Pedestrians killed in taxi related crashes occurred in urban areas.
  • 43% of Fatal NON-PEDESTRIAN Crashes occurred in Urban Areas, 25% on freeways and 32% on Main Arterials.

Fatalities per Category

Fatalities per Category

Vehicle Occupant Fatalities per Area (Driver, Passengers, Cyclists)

Vehicle Occupant Fatalities per Area (Driver, Passengers, Cyclists)

Fatalities per Area (Pedestrian, Cyclist)

Fatalities per Area (Pedestrian, Cyclist)

Categories of Fatal Crashes involving Minibus Taxis

Category

Number of Fatal Crashes

Head-On

79

Overturned

76

Side-swipe

45

Head-Rear

26

*Non-Pedestrian Related Crashes

A word of appreciation to Gauteng Provincial Government for Statistics provided

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