Taxi forum in court bid to suspend BRT

2009-08-27 14:33

THE United Taxi Association Forum lodged legal papers in the North

Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today to have the launch of the Bus

Rapid Transit (BRT) system suspended, the SABC reported.

The BRT system is expected to start operation in Johannesburg next week.

However,

forum spokesperson Ralph Jones told the broadcaster they wanted the

court to suspend the BRT system until proper talks had taken place.

“What we are saying is: park this whole thing until we have all spoken,” he said.

“Everybody

is saying that they have been talking to the taxi industry, but the

taxi industry is saying you are not talking to us,” Jones said.

“So

why not park it and actually go and talk to the people who are saying

you have not spoken to them. From there, if it must continue, it will

continue. If it must stop forever, let it stop forever, then we uplift

the suspension,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, the SABC reported

that the Gauteng Tripartite Alliance has urged government to reprimand

taxi operators who seek to hold people to ransom over the

implementation of the BRT.

Taxi operators have threatened to go on strike next Tuesday. 

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