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Taxi operators demand specially dedicated lanes for their minibuses

Gauteng Taxi Operators have demanded their own lanes
Gauteng Taxi Operators have demanded their own lanes
Image: Gallo Images/Foto24/Lulama Zenzile

Gauteng taxi operators are demanding specially dedicated lanes in order for them to operate smoothly and prevent accidents.

This came out during the Gauteng Taxi Summit held in Sedibeng, Vereeniging, on Thursday.

Godfrey Mathebula, a member of the Gauteng National Taxi Association, said it was unfair that other modes of transport had dedicated lanes which allowed them to ferry commuters efficiently while they were forced to wait in traffic.

“During peak hour, we are also targeted by traffic officers. If we have a dedicated lane, this will reduce the number of accidents that happen on the roads and also reduce the likelihood of road infringements,” Mathebula said.

Mathebula was presenting a resolution that was made by a commission tasked with introducing modern ways of running the industry. MEC for roads and transport Richard Mamabolo said that taxi operators will also need to accept that commuters have the right to choose their modes of transport.

“When people have chosen, we need to accept it and there’s nothing we can do. Commuters have the right to choose. We don’t have to hire inkabi. Traveller choice is very important,” Mamabolo said.

Gauteng premier David Makhura was also expected to give an address regarding the resolutions at the summit.

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