Taxi drivers to be medics?

2012-05-29 08:16

JOHANNESBURG - All public transport vehicles must have first-aid kits, transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele has announced.

Ndebele said: "It is optional now to have first-aid kits, but it will be compulsory in 2013."

The statement comes after the announcement of a first-aid training programme for the taxi industry intended to teach taxi drivers to administer effective care in a medical emergency - including childbirth.

The programme, Ndebele said, would be tailored to include specific emergencies that taxi drivers may encounter, which effectively means the people responsible for killing a huge proportion of the 1000 a month who die on SA roads every month will now also be responsible for stopping the bleeding...


In this proposed partnership between the department of transport, Netcare 911 and the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco), Ndebele said, minibus taxis that carry more than 65% of public transport users must be fully equipped with tools to save lives in an accident.

Ndebele said: "A number of lives can be saved if all drivers generally, and taxi drivers in particular, are better trained."

The first-aid training programme was expected to be rolled out in June 2012, starting in the Western Cape.

In South Africa 14 000 people are killed (private estimates say double that number) in road accidents each year.

Ndebele said: "We need to stand up together, with the private sector, the education and justice fraternity, the religious sector, civil society, and everyone, to firmly declare that road deaths can be prevented."

He said the United Nations had urged countries to adopt quick and implementable resolutions to reverse road accident deaths.

Would you want a taxi driver to tend to your injuries after a crash he may or may not have caused. Tell us in the Readers' Comments section below. Medical professionals are also invited to comment on this bizarre idea.

  • Jerry - 2012-05-29 11:35

    Taxi Driver giving mouth to mouth, I rather slit my wrist

      sheda.habib - 2012-05-29 20:15

      after they've ripped you of your wallet, radio and dignity you'd wish you'd slit your wrist. I was at two accident scenes in Durban where the onlookers ransacked the injured.........and they weren't even taxi drivers

      Alan - 2012-05-30 09:45

      (Alan2) Yep, considering all the crashes they cause, it might be a good idea. But perhaps a course in proper driving should come first.

  • Blixum - 2012-05-29 14:35

    The picture of the upside-down taxi is rather unfortunate. The patient on the stretcher, if handled by a taxi driver, will probably also endup upside down.

  • nbasson - 2012-05-29 16:04

    This is a very noble suggestion but I see 2 problems. 1. Usually the taxi driver is involved in the accident and also requires first aid 2. They can hardly drive a taxi, administering first aid might not be doable for them.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-29 17:46

    We could also use them in our hospitals as the doctors are striking, cause somebody forgot to pay them for like a few months. Can they speed up the training, we could have thousands of ambulances. Why waste space by only having one patient transported at a time. Theses guys could fit 18 or more in an emergency delivered to ER.

  • jason.dutoit - 2012-05-29 19:28

    how about instead of teaching taxi drivers first aid, we teach them to drive safely. then first aid might not be required...

  • Sagren - 2012-05-30 07:49

    Person who is unable to drive safely and responsibly, is expected to treat injured passengers. Who would be liable when things go wrong?

  • lawrence.nzama - 2012-05-30 08:46

    I think this will be a great idea as this will better reduce the number of deaths on our roads. i also think this will further improve the negative impression on our taxi drivers (uneducated). great work Mr. Ndebele, keep it up!!!

  • Abdul - 2012-05-30 15:14

    How will they help people who were killed by their reckless driving??? How will they tell a child "i killed your mum, but I'll fix your bleeding hand"????Teach them to drive > educate them on road rules and what not to do> Take a look at the oics and videos and educational content on fatalmovesdotcom

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-31 21:54

    These jokes are becoming too much now.

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