City has plan for ‘formal’ taxi biz‘

2015-09-08 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee has proposed what it believes is a “game-changing” policy for the local taxi industry.

The proposal aims to benefit the minibus taxi industry, the City says in a statement. The policy could be implemented if the council approves it.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says the policy would improve conditions for commuters.

“Once the minibus taxi industry is transformed into formal businesses, other road users and employees within the taxi industry and the city will also reap the fruits, as it will be in the minibus taxi operators’ financial interest to improve self-regulation and service standards,” he says.

Herron says the City wants to work with the minibus taxi industry in finding solutions that will benefit commuters and operators.

He envisages a model in which taxi operators will write up business plans. He suggests that the model will lead to less speeding and reckless driving by taxi drivers as they will no longer need to compete for passengers to meet their daily targets and that operators will be encouraged to use the correct sizes of minibuses for specific routes, leading to less overcrowding.

‘‘A well-oiled minibus taxi industry, managed in accordance with sound business principles, is in the interest of us all – be it in the form of higher profits for the taxi operators or in an improved service for the passengers and improved regulation for the City,’’ says Herron.

The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee has proposed what it believes is a “game-changing” policy for the local taxi industry.

The proposal aims to benefit the minibus taxi industry, the City says in a statement. The policy could be implemented if the council approves it.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says the policy would improve conditions for commuters.

“Once the minibus taxi industry is transformed into formal businesses, other road users and employees within the taxi industry and the city will also reap the fruits, as it will be in the minibus taxi operators’ financial interest to improve self-regulation and service standards,” he says.

Herron says the City wants to work with the minibus taxi industry in finding solutions that will benefit commuters and operators.

He envisages a model in which taxi operators will write up business plans. He suggests that the model will lead to less speeding and reckless driving by taxi drivers as they will no longer need to compete for passengers to meet their daily targets and that operators will be encouraged to use the correct sizes of minibuses for specific routes, leading to less overcrowding.

‘‘A well-oiled minibus taxi industry, managed in accordance with sound business principles, is in the interest of us all – be it in the form of higher profits for the taxi operators or in an improved service for the passengers and improved regulation for the City,’’ says Herron.


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