Quick let’s send this latest outrage on to as many people in our address book as we can – well done guys, you have now all done your civic duty which is sure to change the government. Now, go back to your FB’ing and Twittering.
The e-mail below is doing the rounds AGAIN – the last time was in 2008 and was also timed around some or other government election or other:
ALWAYS ask for a cash slip when filling up your vehicle’s tank, even if paying with cash and even if you intend on throwing the slip away, because:
The pump attendants take these unclaimed cash slips from the cash register attendant and sell these same cash slips to taxi drivers
The taxi drivers then add these cash slips to their own and so claim a bigger subsidy amount from government, thereby not feeling the pinch of the fuel increases.
Send this to everyone on your address list… to prevent this corruption going on and the rest of us (non-subsidized drivers) suffers in silence.
You probably didn’t even know that fuel for Taxis is subsidized, which we pay for.
Thanks again to the South African government for screwing its tax paying citizens while thieves and liars continue being subsidized.
Lets break it down quickly for you:
- Don’t believe everything that is e-mailed to you.
- If in doubt refer to point number 1.
- The sale of cash slips has been going on since before taxis became a menace and happens in ALL industries – employees that travel are always on the lookout for slips to pad their S&T’s, businessmen will buy food from a shop that doesn’t print their name on the cash slips and claim the food as an expense, shopowners are asked for double cash slips, the list is endless.
- Taxi Drivers do NOT get a fuel subsidy – they have to pay tax like everyone else. The cash slips from garages are used to inflate expenses and minimise tax.
- I repeat – Just like any other business with a fleet of vehicles, the taxi industry covers its own fuel costs without a single cent of subsidy from the government.
- During 2008 the Nelson Mandela Metro (formerly Port Elizabeth), was reported as being at an advanced stage in preparing for a COMMUTER subsidy.
- Also in 2008 National Department of Transport spokesperson Collen Msibi said there were plans afoot for a subsidy of some form and the discussions were at quite an advanced stage. He also stressed that the subsidy will not subsidise taxis but commuters.
- Bus and rail transport are the only two modes of public transport which are subsidised by provincial and national government.
- When in doubt refer to point number one above.
- There is no number 10 numbskull.
Give the Taxi industry a break – maybe if we stopped bashing the poor bastards they would allow themselves to function as normal human beings and NOT as the animals we have forced them to become.