Taxi row affects school pupils

2008-06-25 00:00

SEVERAL taxi operators have been accused of threatening and intimidating other operators who ferry children to school, and confiscating their permits.

This has led to pupils being left stranded and forced to take taxis because they have no transport.

Northern Suburbs Taxi Association (NSTA) operators allegedly stopped operators conveying pupils on their routes and demanded to see their permits.

A Northdale resident who transports pupils claims his permit was taken from him yesterday, despite it being legal. He was also threatened and the operators allegedly threatened to destroy his car.

“Taxi owners think they are above the law, but they have no legal right to stop every second car with school pupils,” he said.

The issue was reported to police, who came immediately to sort the matter out. Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram condemned the actions of NSTA.

“We will not tolerate or allow this behaviour, no one has the authority with the exception of the SAPS … this is being viewed in a serious light.”

NTSA chairman Nazir Khan said they had discussed illegal permits and decided to disperse taxi owners to check for them.

He said illegal operators pack pupils into vehicles “like potatoes”, which is not safe in an accident. He added that the Road Accident Fund will not pay out if a driver has no permit.

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