Minibus taxis on a go-slow in protest against Covid-19 lockdown measures

Minibus taxis are on a go-slow in response to the government’s Covid-19 regulations.
Minibus taxis are on a go-slow in response to the government’s Covid-19 regulations.

Operators who fall under the governing structure of the taxi industry in the country, Santaco, are currently on a go-slow in response to the government’s regulation around the Covid-19 response.

Last week it was announced that minibus taxis, metered taxis, e-hailing vehicles and buses were allowed to operate from 5am to 9am and again from 4pm to 8pm. This measure includes minimizing the number of commuters.

Thabisho Molelekwa, Santaco spokesperson, said on Tuesday that taxis are now operating under protest.

“There was a general feeling from the industry that the government is not treating issues related to the taxi industry with sensitivity and priority. The operation structure that was implemented is not sustainable for 21 days for the people of the industry.

“This view has gained momentum across the country and has seen some not working, forcefully overloading or inflating prices,” Molelekwa said.

He added that the organisation was currently in talks with the presidency. This after a meeting with transport officials on Monday.

“We don’t have a set stance at the moment and we await a response from the government,” Molelekwa said.

Some taxi drivers in the East London CBD have set themselves on a collision course with the government as they demand double the normal fare from desperate passengers amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

The practice of doubling taxi fares started on Friday, on the first day of the lockdown, after the national transport department told drivers they had to load half the number of passengers they usually carry, DispatchLIVE reported.

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