started this petition to
Mayor of the City of Johannesburg - Mr. Herman Mashaba
Pollution is everywhere and we are all challenged to do our part. However noise pollution is often overlooked and unnecessary.
Alamein road on the north entrance of the Southdale shopping centre is a good example. Taxi's hoot for their clients from morning to night... however their clients are on their way already, want to travel and hooting won't change that for the better. What hooting does do however, is create a background noise that will make any valid warning hoots from other citizens ineffective. A child crossing the road may not notice a life saving warning above the cacophony.
Citizens have the right to live and work in peace without disturbance and it has been proved that excessive noise is disturbing and unhealthy. In Alamein road, for example, are two healthcare buildings, one medical and the other veterinary who are affected all day by the noise making working difficult. These practices do not interfere with the taxis in their daily toil.
Some taxis drive down Alamein road at high speed while leaning on their hooters - making an unnecessary and illegal noise. It is against the bylaws of the City of Johannesburg to hoot for clients. Others will stop at the exit to the Southdale shopping centre and hoot for minutes on end. Others still will drive down Alamein road, hooting and looking backwards in case they spot another customer!
See extract below from the bylaws.
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality
METERED TAXI, MINIBUS, MIDIBUS AND BUS BY-LAWS
(PUBLISHED UNDER NOTICE NO 828 IN GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY NO 179 DATED 21 MAY 2004)
Engagement of passengers
(3) The driver or conductor of a metered taxi, minibus, midibus or bus may not use a hooter or sounding device to attract the custom of potential passengers or customers.
Please help us by adding your name if you would like to live in peace.