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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Public Transport Drawn Up

February 1, 2021

Department of Transport

Directions on measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the public transport services have been drawn up.

The transport department published the Directions in Government Gazette 44120 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Directions apply to adjusted Alert Level 3.

They aim to, inter alia, provide for improved access to hygiene control and disinfection of facilities at all public transport facilities, including ranks, terminals and train stations; improved access to hygiene control and disinfection in all public transport vehicles; the loading capacity of public transport vehicles; the extension of the validity period for all public transport operating licences, accreditation certificates for tourist transport services and charter services and the transportation and storage of liquor.

Intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel, including long distance travel, by private vehicles and public transport services is permitted.

Vehicles on short distance travel are allowed to carry 100% of their maximum licensed passenger capacity.

The validity period for operating licenses and accreditation certificates for tourist transport services and operating licenses for inter-provincial services and intra-provincial services that expire between 26 March 2020 and 28 February 2021 is extended until 31 August 2021.

The transportation of liquor is prohibited except for industries producing hand sanitisers, disinfectants, soap or alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products; export; transportation from manufacturing plants to storage facilities and transportation from any licensed premises for safe keeping.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.

Other transport Directions published include:


• Notice 60 – Directions to combat Covid-19 at sea ports for adjusted Alert Level 3;
• Notice 61 – Directions to combat Covid-19 in cross-border road transport services for adjusted Alert Level 3;
• Notice 62 – Directions to combat Covid-19 in railway operations for adjusted Alert Level 3; and
• Notice 63 – Directions to combat Covid-19 in the air services for adjusted Alert Level 3.