City of Joburg sidelining us – taxis

2014-11-17 10:45

Thousands of taxi operators affiliated to the United Taxi Associations Front are marching in the Johannesburg CBD today.

“There is a march to the departments of transport and community safety to hand over a memorandum because the taxi industry has been sidelined by the City of Joburg on numerous occasions,” the organisation’s secretary, Vusi Mazibuko, said.

“We transport 72% of the work force and want to use a dedicated lane like the [bus rapid transit] vehicles.”

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 and 10 000 taxi drivers.

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