Mbalula: Govt considering taxi demands

Mbalula: Govt considering taxi demands

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula believes government’s negotiations with taxi unions are back on track.

Fikile Mbalula
Image courtesy: Department of Transport

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) have moved to fill up their taxis to 100% capacity.


Drivers are also resuming long-distance and inter-provincial travel.


Taxi operators are unhappy with the government’s R1.1 billion Covid-19 relief fund, saying the amount won’t cover their losses.


Mbalula says he met with unions on Monday.


"We have found each other relation to dealing with matters, with integrity and respect to the commuters and also the regulations.


"I'm happy with the meeting and the commitment the [taxi] leadership has made.”


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This comes after the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) instructed its taxi drivers to load their vehicles at 100% capacity from Monday. Level 3 lockdown regulations require taxis to limit their passengers to 70% of capacity to try and curb the spread of Covid-19.

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