Taxi strike cripples parts of DBN, Mandini

2016-03-31 11:01
Taxi rank. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

Taxi rank. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A two-day strike which started on Wednesday caused havoc in parts of Durban and Mandini on the North Coast.

Taxi association Santaco called for blockades of roads after taxis had been impounded in KZN over the Easter weekend.

The Department of Transport said 207 vehicles in KZN had been impounded for not having operating licences.

There was mayhem in Mandini after taxi drivers blocked the N2 and the R102.

In Durban there were reports of taxi blockades in some parts of the CBD.

Transport spokesperson Nathi Sukazi refuted claims that there is a backlog in issuing of operating licences.

“Anyone who says that the department is the cause of the delay is not telling the truth. We should not confuse clear legislation with illegal operations,” he said.

Sukazi said the taxi operators need to be members of a taxi association before they can apply. “If the association and the municipality which the applicant falls under, supports that there is enough space to accommodate a new taxi, then the owner can submit the application to the Regulatory Entity provided the taxi is roadworthy. The application will then be gazetted, enabling any interested parties to oppose the application. The permit will then be issued if the criteria have been met,” he said.

Sukazi said the department always try to make sure that supply does not exceed demand. “Bringing in more operators often leads to conflict over routes,” he said.

Sukazi said the department has opened new offices in Empangeni, Ladysmith and Port Shepstone to make sure that all deserving applicants have their operating licences processed within a reasonable time.

“There is also a plan to launch [an office] in Jozini to try and decentralise the problem of issuing permits.”


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