"They want to have further discussion among themselves. The great relief is that there will not be a taxi fare increase next week," said the MEC.
"They did understand that Covid-19 poses a unique risk to commuters and everybody. Increasing taxi fare will be a double tragedy to commuters."
He said taxi associations would consult and report back with a proposal. "Let’s give them a chance. They will come to the table. I don’t know how long they will take."
He said taxi owners were under "extreme" financial pressure because of the limit on the number of passengers they can carry.
"They thought the one way [to ease the pressure] was to put it at the doorstep of the commuter. The commuter can’t be [the] easiest target."