Taxi drivers to march illegally

2010-09-15 09:18

Pretoria taxi drivers will continue with a march against the implementation of the traffic demerit system, despite failing to get permission for the protest action.

“We won’t be waiting for permission,” SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) spokesperson for Tshwane, Asaria Kgaladi said.

Police spokesperson Captain Jan Legoabe said as far as he knew, there was no permission for today’s protest march, unless Santaco had gone to court to get permission.

Kgaladi said they had applied to march, but were still waiting to hear from the relevant authorities.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Alta Fourie said by 9am there were about 200 taxis and 400 people gathered in Struben Street. She said police were monitoring the situation, but so far the gathering had been peaceful.

Santaco’s national spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa earlier today said about 40 taxi associations would march in the city against the implementation of the Aarto system, a point demerit system in which motorists would be penalised or lose their driver’s licences after a certain number of traffic offences.

The associations intended to march from Marabastad to the national department of transport and the department of justice in the Pretoria CBD, where they would hand over a memorandum.

“The industry has raised concern over Aarto that in its current form it will not work. We are saying there are probably other means to deal with the carnage on our roads,” said Molelekwa.

The association claimed it had not been consulted about the new system.

He said commuters were given notice to make their own transport arrangements during the one-day strike.?


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