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By unknown | May 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

A SUMMIT organised by the United Taxi Association Forum (Utaf) has vowed to stop all public transport, including trains, from moving if the government does not meet their demands on the bus rapid transit system.

The government plans to introduce the BRT systems in big cities as part of its integrated transport plans, but some taxi- men fear they will lose much of their income to the modern high-speed, safe, cheap and efficient network that is envisioned.

A summit of disgruntled taxi men was held on Friday at the Booysens Hotel in Johannesburg. It was attended by taxi owners from as far afield as KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape.

The gathering resolved that the Transport Department should liaise directly with the chairmen of taxi associations and not with the SA National Taxi Council, which represents the broad industry.

Utaf has promised to ban any of its members who participate in an explanatory tour for taxi men of the BRT system in Johannesburg today.

"If they get into those buses they should take their taxis with them because we don't want them on our routes any more," said Njabulo Nkomo, a delegate.

Mhlabuzile Radebe, who chaired the proceedings, said they wanted President Jacob Zuma to come and repeat his words that the "BRT should be halted".


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