Flash Buses proprietor has described some of public transport drivers as the most useless people around and has called on them to earn the public’s respect because they provide an important service to the public which deserves dignity.
Speaking when he featured on 5FM’s People on the Move program Ismail Kankhara said public transport was an important sector but that the drivers have lost their respect because of the way some of their colleagues conduct themselves.
He said drivers should view themselves as doctors because what they do is a key contribution to the country’s economy.
“I am sorry to say that mini bus drivers are the most useless people around, not all of them but most of them. They have been complaining and criticising Lusaka City Council that there are no bus stops along Chilumbulu and Burma roads but I was on Chilumbulu road, it was a Sunday and the roads are clear but these idiots, sorry to say this but most of them are idiots, are stopping before or after the bus stop or even in the middle of the main lane,” he said.
He called on the drivers to behave in a manner that dignifies the job they do and earn the respect of commuters.
“Every minibus driver in Lusaka not only from flash buses but everyone who is involved in the transportation of people let’s us see how we can change people’s mindsets and earn their respect. Let’s us behave in a manner that people will start respecting us just like they respect health workers. When you go to hospitals whether the doctor is young or not we respect them why can’t it be like that with us, we contribute a lot to this country’s economy but we don’t take ourselves seriously hence no one respects us and what we do,” he explained.
Meanwhile some commuters talked to said people will continue looking down on public transport drivers as long as they continue behaving like intoxicated political cadres.
Moses Michelo who commutes to his office in town everyday said most drivers do not take their jobs seriously because they do not realise the importance of the service they provide to the country.
He said there was need to help the drivers realise that as transporters of people their job is as important as that of the people they drive to work or business in the morning adding that even their dressing should reflect the importance of what they do.
He said there was need for the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RSTA) to enforce traffic laws and regulations strictly as the drivers had taken advantage of lax manner the Agency conducted its role.