Gauteng taxi drivers can get special permits for Easter exodus

2017-04-08 08:09
Minibus taxis. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Minibus taxis. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg – Minibus taxi drivers travelling out of Gauteng over Easter will get temporary inter-provincial permits to prevent their vehicles from being impounded over the holiday period.

The permits would guarantee taxi drivers permission to operate outside their designated routes in the province, as they ferried commuters to their Easter destinations, the Gauteng transport department said in a statement on Friday.

The decision was the result of an agreement between the Gauteng provincial legislature, SA Council of Churches, and various minibus taxi operators in the province.

It was hoped this would result in “harmonious and peaceful” taxi operations over Easter, the legislature’s roads and transport committee chairperson, Jacob Khawe, said.

The permits would be issued only to legal operators. They had to apply to the department three days before departure.

Applicants had to produce their operating permit and a letter of request, signed under oath, from their client or organisation, detailing their destination, number of passengers, purpose of the trip, and the dates of departure from and return to Gauteng.

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