Taxi operators plying their trade around Blantyre Flea Market have recently become a cause for concern for fueling congestion around the commercial city’s hub of business operations.
In the past few months, the taxi operators who operate at the taxi rank which is across the road from the Flea Market have increased in number with others introducing heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and lorries against the city’s plans.
The lorries and trucks currently operating at the rank block traffic for extended periods with pedestrians also being at risk of being run over by vehicles.
Commenting on the development in an interview on Friday, Spokesperson of Blantyre City Council (BCC), Anthony Kasunda, said the council has observed the increase of vehicles at the rank and BCC is yet to make a decision in order to solve the problem amicably.
Moreover, Kasunda pointed out that the taxi rank was designated for salon car taxi operators and not lorries or trucks as is the current situation.
Further lamenting the current situation, Mariah Maunga, a woman who runs a pay phone business opposite the taxi rank said the place is a death trap for motor vehicle operators and pedestrians.
Maunga said the increase in the number of vehicles at the rank has brought about a lot of disorder with most drivers disregarding road traffic rules and regulations which sees unnecessary traffic jams taking place around the area every now and then.
The traffic congestion around the Flea Market is further escalated by the presence of Mibawa Bus Depot with mini-bus drivers famous for their reckless driving.