The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in the Western Cape announced the taxi industry in the province would embark on a stay-away on Monday and Tuesday, 21 and 22 November.
Taxi associations under the SANTACO umbrella are taking action as they feel there has not been enough transformation in the public transport sector.
The stay-away comes after SANTACO threatened to remove its 15 000 taxis from the streets – which would leave two million commuters in the lurch – if the Western Cape government put an end to the Blue Dot Project.
The project, which incentivised and rewarded taxi drivers for good driving and customer service, is expected to end on 30 November.
The provincial government said while the project was successful – it cannot continue without the support of the national government.
“Funding this programme is the mandate of the national department. Where rail has almost collapsed in South Africa this programme shows how we can make a rapid intervention to improve the public transport industry – this pilot project shows how you can change the game,” said provincial transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell.
SANTACO’s demands are as follows:
- A review of the by-laws under which, taxis are impounded.
- Funding for the expansion of Blue Dot.
- Commitment by the Western Cape Government to support formalisation efforts by the taxi industry.
The taxi association encouraged commuters to make alternative transport arrangements “We apologise for the inconvenience this action may cause.”
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