Taxis sidelined by City of Joburg - taxi association

2014-11-17 11:00
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Johannesburg - Thousands of taxi operators affiliated to the United Taxi Associations Front (UTAF) are expected to march in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday, the association said.

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"There is a march to the departments of transport and community safety to hand over a memorandum because the taxi industry is being sidelined by the City of Joburg on numerous occasions," UTAF secretary Vusi Mazibuko said.

"We transport 72% of the workforce and want to use a dedicated lane like the BRT buses."

E-tolls, impounding taxis

He said other issues included taxis being impounded on a daily basis by law enforcement agencies while taxi operators had pending permits.

The taxi drivers also included the e-tolls in its memorandum, he said.

"Our understanding is that taxis will be exempted but daily operators receive invoices or phone calls that say if they don't pay they will go to court."

Mazibuko said the march would be attended by 15 taxi associations in Gauteng and would include between 6 000 to 10 000 taxi drivers.

The march was expected to start mid-morning at Mary Fritzgerald Square.

Commuters stranded

Earlier, the metro police said a taxi strike that left commuters stranded in Johannesburg was expected to also disrupt the Reya Vaya bus service.

"All we heard is that the Reya Vaya routes in Soweto, Auckland Park, and the CBD will be affected," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Minnaar said the affected routes would be Chris Hani road, Mooki, New Canada, Kingsway in Auckland Park, Empire Road and the inner city.

He said motorists from Soweto should use Elias Motsoaledi and Main Reef roads as alternatives.

The SA National Taxi Council said it did not call for the strike.

"We do not know about the strike, if we called for a strike we could have informed commuters," said president Philip Taaibosch.

Minnaar said traffic flow in the inner city was expected to be disrupted from 10:00 to 13:00.

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