The South African taxi association Santaco said on Sunday that taxi drivers will again use 100% of the taxi’s transport capacity from Monday. The association also instructed taxi drivers to transport passengers over long distances to resume operations without the necessary permits.
This comes after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula repeatedly postponed a meeting with the association over the weekend.
“We made this decision because of frustration and a lack of direction from the government,” Phillip Taaibosch, Santaco’s president, said at a virtual media conference this afternoon.
Level 3 of the isolation regulations states that taxi drivers are currently limited to 70% of vehicles’ capacity.
According to Taaibosch, Santaco is aware that taxis may be impounded if taxi drivers do not comply with the seclusion regulations. The association’s taxis have been impounded with an exemption penalty of at least R5 000 since the beginning of the nationwide isolation. He explained, however, that Santaco is willing to take the chance.
“We have complained to the Minister about this unlawful seizure of taxis and nothing has been done to this day,” Taaibosch said.
However, Taaibosch has ensured that taxi drivers will continue to apply the necessary safety precautions such as wearing masks and disinfecting taxis to ensure the safety of commuters.