Golden Arrow buses' court bid fails

2013-04-26 16:01

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - An application to have the MyCiti bus service expansion halted in Cape Town, was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court on Friday, the city said.

Golden Arrow Bus Services applied to compel the city to enter into a mediation and arbitration process, to resolve disputes relating to the roll-out of certain routes in the city.

It also wanted to prevent the city from negotiating and concluding a 12-year-contract to operate MyCiti buses in extended areas.

The application was brought against Transport MEC Robin Carlisle and the two companies operating the existing interim MyCiti services.

According to the city, high court Judge Bennie Griesel found that compulsory arbitration and mediation where parties could not reach agreement was "inappropriate".

"If the city were obliged to reach consensus on every issue and with every participant in the process, failing which it could be compelled to go to mediation and arbitration, it could become endlessly bogged down," he said.

Application dismissed

The court found that compelling it to go through such a process would make it impossible for the city to fulfil its mandate to integrate services into an overall public transport system.

According to the National Land Transport Act, the city was obliged to negotiate, but not to agree to something.

The application was dismissed with costs.

Transport mayoral committee member Brett Herron welcomed the judgment, which meant it could implement affordable and integrated public transport for all residents.

Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke could not comment on the judgment until the company had fully studied the implications.

Read more on:    robin carlisle  |  brett herron  |  cape town  |  transport

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.