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Festive blow for taximen

By Patience Bambalele | Dec 13, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

FRUSTRATIONS continue as thousands of taxi operators in Gauteng expect to lose thousands of rands because they will be unable to transport commuters this festive season.

The long and short distance taxi owners cannot travel outside the province because the Department of Roads and Transport is unable to issue operational licences on time.

Taxis operating without licences get impounded and owners are fined heavily.

About 35,000 taxis in Gauteng have not received operational licences.

Jafta Ndlovu of the Benoni Taxi Association says the department's slowness in issuing the licences is affecting them.

"We are losing money daily because if you are forced to do inter-city trips your vehicle gets impounded."

The process of issuing new licences started last year and according to taxi operators it has been happening at a snail's pace.

Roads and Transport Department spokeswoman Octavia Mamabolo says so far about 27,363 permits had been issued.

She promises that the process will be completed by December 2016.

Mamabolo says they had received a total 62558 applications and are continuing to receive more.

"About 7,055 permits are still waiting to be collected by operators," she says.

Taxi owners were given temporary permits while applications were being processed, but these have since expired.

Mamabolo says the one-year permits or written permits were discontinued because they ended up being generated illegally.

Bara City Taxi Association secretary Thami Buthelezi says another issue is the process called Replacement Transaction, in terms of which they transfer an existing licence from an old car to a new one.

He says the process is taking unnecessarily long.

But Mamabolo says the process takes three days and the turnaround strategy has been endorsed by the taxi industry.

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Bomageza if this government is doing this to you then abstain from voting in 2014, anyway I know you will never vote for DA that I am sure of

Dec 13, 2012 7:25 | 0 replies

- im with the taxi drivers on this one, its their business that is affected, that inturn affects their families, that inturns affect their holidays and christmas and bills etc etc etc

- the government should have a speedy process inplace for this.....

- i like what they have done at SARS office, the process is so mightily speedy......so the transport department should adopt similar processess.......

- spend on PCs, invest on automated processes, no more writing on paper and have one person who is a dat capturer to process whats on paper and input to computer.......

Dec 13, 2012 11:30 | 0 replies

whatever!taxi drivers pisses me off.they think they own the roads.mxm

Dec 13, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

She promises that the process will be completed by December 2016.

But Mamabolo says the process takes three days and the turnaround strategy has been endorsed by the taxi industry.
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This Mamabolo woman is just high on Tik, look at the two statements above, so contradicting and yet its just one article, and words from the same person, or did sowetan write their own crap.

So if the process takes 3days, then why does it have to drag for so long and be complited in 2016? just asking

Dec 13, 2012 9:34 | 0 replies

Everyone in the world is paying Tax S***t having no talent is not my problem go and research, simple example if you buy groceries at shoprite the is a vat writen on the reciept and that is called tax, prove me wrong

Dec 13, 2012 9:34 | 0 replies

@Speackup

You are wrong they pay taxes, you cant get an operating licence if you dont pay tax

Dec 13, 2012 9:27 | 0 replies

Who cares? You don't even pay taxi you greedy parasites

Dec 13, 2012 9:13 | 0 replies

Look at it as your local municipality cuts off your electricity for that period because they changing meters etc. Life will be hard. I feel for you guys maybe they want commuters to utilize shosholoza meyl.

Dec 13, 2012 7:53 | 0 replies

Operating without licence, permit and roadworthy has not stopped them before. I hope the concern at not having permits is genuine - the lawlessness in the taxi industry could be waning. Hoping - christmas you know.

Dec 13, 2012 7:33 | 0 replies

@leShandiis
Thank yoy very much my brother

Honestly speaking we are fucked big big time.

heeeeeiiiiiiii yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Dec 13, 2012 1:45 | 0 replies