Law enforcement must be hard on taxis and make sure they comply - Mbalula
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says the 70% loading capacity for minibus taxis regulation is final.
This means by law, 15-seater taxis are only allowed to ferry 10 people at a time and midibuses with a 22-seater capacity are limited to a maximum of 15 passengers.
Earlier in the week, Mbalula had announced that taxis were now allowed to load passengers to capacity which led to an outcry from citizens.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Mbalula says he changed his mind because passengers will be confused and taxis drivers will overload their taxis.
People do not obey and it's not that they are malicious, you can see they don't see the danger. For now, it's still a far reality for them.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
Final, final and that is done, loading capacity is 70% with the provision of masks and sanitation. Department of Transport will provide masks and will also provide sanitation in all the taxi ranks.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
You operate your taxi between 5am and 10am to transport essential workers.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
Mbalula says he did not cave in to the taxi industry but to ensure that regulations are implemented.
We are new in this and we learn with time and error. Over defence on whether we caved in or not will not assist.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
Lower numbers, masks and sanitising is the real attack in this lockdown.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
He adds that law enforcement must enforce the law when it comes to taxis.
Law enforcement must be hard on the taxis and make sure they comply.Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
Listen to the full interview below...