City taxi bosses agree to BRT talks

2013-10-04 00:00

REPRESENTATIVES of 26 Pietermaritzburg taxi associations took their seats in the Msunduzi council chambers yesterday — in what they described as an historic occasion — to begin talking to the council about the proposed bus rapid transit system (BRT) for the city.

To get the process moving, they signed an agreement to begin talks. Taxi boss Boy Zondi stressed that the agreement in no way implied that the local taxi industry had accepted the implementation of BRT in the city. He said the industry would get more information from the council on the proposal and make an informed decision.

Zondi is the chairperson of the steering committee that represents the taxi industry in all issues relating to the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN).

The IRPTN was introduced by the government to improve public transport in South Africa. The system was developed during the 2010 World Cup with the aim of getting the network rolling in cities throughout the country. The system includes a rapid bus transport system (BRT), of which the taxi industry has generally been suspicious.

Mayor Chris Ndlela thanked the associations for agreeing to talks.

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