World Cup: steps taken to accredit metered taxis

ALL valid metered taxis in Durban will have to display a new navy blue shaded sticker.

The sticker shows soccer balls depicting the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup and Durban, with an illustration of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The eThekwini municipality announced yesterday that its transport authority and the Metro police are once again embarking on a process of accrediting metered taxis to ensure that they provide visitors to the city with a satisfactory level of service.

"Once these taxis are accredited passengers, particularly tourists, can feel safe and be assured of comfortable travel in a road worthy vehicle," spokesperson Nathi Sibisi said.

He said a number will appear prominently on the sticker and this will enable complaints or compliments to be reported.

"This new sticker must be stuck to the body of the vehicle and will be valid for one year - 2010 - only," Sibisi explained.

"This system allows metered taxi operators to offer passengers a higher level of service by providing certain minimum standards."

For a vehicle to be issued with an accredited sticker, metered taxi operators have to adhere to 15 strict criteria, which includes a valid certificate of roadworthiness, specified operating ranks, a vehicles of which the paintwork is dent-free and without any signs of rust and a vehicle that is generally well maintained.