Department of Transport
Intergovernmental consultations on Taxi Industry Relief Support are at an advanced stage.
The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, revealed this in a statement following a virtual meeting with the National Taxi Alliance on the COVID-19 national lockdown regulations and directions.
He acknowledged the dire effects that the lockdown is having on the taxi industry.
According to the minister, the transport, small business, labour, trade industry and competition departments as well as national treasury have agreed to support the industry and are currently looking at various modalities of assistance.
Concerns raised by the minister include reports of taxi fare increments of up to 100% in some parts of the country, insufficient sanitization as well as random incidents of overloading and breaching of travel times.
“The Minister did however acknowledge that infringements were in the minority and that by and large, the sector has complied with the directions on carrying capacity, operating times and the use of personal protective equipment.”
In a second statement following a virtual meeting with the South African National Taxi Council, the minister pointed out that the “taxi industry is one of the biggest contributors to the success of the lockdown; it cannot be left to chance. We are happy that stakeholders in this sector are championing the campaign and are in agreement that we must all do what we can to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19”.