Cross-border taximen don’t have passports

2010-10-20 12:00

Many minibus taxi drivers operating cross-border routes do not have passports, transport department director-general George Mahlalela has said.

Mahlalela told a conference on the cross-border taxi industry held in Pretoria that research had revealed that “taxi drivers do not have valid passports and are not prepared to incur any costs to obtain passports, as they claim their owners do not make financial and time-off provisions to acquire these documents”.

This resulted in the drivers “engaging in illegal operations” at border posts. He didn’t say what these activities were.

Cross border operations between South Africa’s neighbours were satisfactory, with the exception of Lesotho, which were “marred with irregularities”.

There were numerous illegal taxi ranks at border posts. “No cross-border operations are allowed... the Free State operators refuse to allow any cross-border operations between Maseru and Ficksburg.”

The Free State provincial government had failed to properly deal with the issue, Mahlalela said.

The conference aimed to see a formalisation of cross-border taxi corridors.

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