IPTS drivers down tools

2019-10-02 06:01

THE Integrated Public Transport Services (IPTS) in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro came to a halt last week after bus drivers downed their tools.

This was due to a two-week delay in wages to some drivers, resulting in a disruption along the Cleary Park route (route 1A) last week.

According to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesperson, Kupido Baron, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) signed a Vehicle Operating Agreement (VOCA) with Spectrum Alert who is responsible for the management of its payroll and other enterprise resource management issues.

“The agreement clearly states that the company must ensure that the buses are maintained and operational,” Baron said.

CEO of Spectrum Alert, Trevor Harper, said that the IPTS drivers have since received their wages and are back on the road.

Harper added, “There are various reasons why drivers had not received their wages, one being of all records the previous CEO deleted. However, we are in the process of rectifying this with weekly meetings with the IPTS management to iron out these problems.”

Currently, only 16 out of 25 IPTS buses are operational in the metro. This is due to mechanical issues, Harper said, and only four buses will be repaired this week.

The only functional route is the Cleary Park to the Central Business District and the reverse thereof.

Feeder routes from Cleary Park to Booysens Park, Bloemendal and Kleinskool and the reverse thereof, feed into the operations of the main route. The current fare is R8 for the feeder (local) route and R10 for the trunk route.

However, according to a statement by the DA NMB caucus leader, Athol Trollip, there is an alleged backlog of R20 million in outstanding invoices since April 2019.

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