Illegal taxis to be cleared in CBD

2015-11-04 06:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality Law Enforcement Unit has warned illegal meter taxi operators in the Port Shepstone CBD that an intensive operation will be conducted to deal with them.

“These operators have never been consistent within the operating legal framework and are in direct contravention­ of public transport protocols­,” said HCM mayor Nomusa Mqwebu at a media briefing on Tuesday­.

The illegal taxis are normally parked in Ryder Street next to Shoprite.

Mqwebu said as early as 2013 the municipality received complaints about the operations of a group calling itself “Sheppie Cabs”, which was illegally transporting the public without the required permits.

“Even though there was an officially recognised structure of operators, Sizanani­ Taxi Association, which had the necessary permits, Sheppie Cabs, forcefully started transporting the public,” said Mqwebu.

In an effort to regularise the operations of Sheppie Cabs, they facilitated bilateral talks between the organisations, with the objective that Sheppie Cabs be absorbed into Sizanani.

“What is of concern is that a new group has commenced illegal activities along Ryder Street, which is in contravention­ of the law and jeopardises the lives of commuters and the public in general,” she said.

The mayor said the operation is aimed at achieving compliance with the necessary statutes, and will take place immediately.

On Wednesday, the Fever visited Ryder Street where Sheppie Cabs operates­ from.

The drivers said the municipality had not given them any notice and are unaware of the pending operation.

Their chairperson, Wiseman Zulu, said they had a meeting with the municipality­ a month ago and a resolution to form a legal association was taken.

Zulu said they are in a process of sorting out their permits and it upsets them to hear that the municipality is planning to remove them with immediate effect.

“As I speak we are in a process of sorting ourselves out.

“We are forming a legal association and we already have a constitution,” said Zulu.

He said they were planning that, before the end of this week or early next week, they will make arrangements to meet the municipality and so submit the required documents to operate­ legally­.

“As of today we are planning for our representative go to the municipality to schedule a meeting,” said Zulu.

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