2017/04/07 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has announced that it will issue temporary inter-provincial operating permits to taxi operators for the upcoming Easter weekend.
This comes after the Department’s joint session with the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL), South African Council of Churches (SACC) and various Taxi Operators in the province, regarding Taxi Operating challenges.
The Department said that commuters are anticipated to travel to different provinces during the Easter weekend and the interim measure will ease impoundment challenges usually encountered by Gauteng Taxi Operators when transporting passengers on special trips outside the provincial jurisdiction.
Acting MEC for Roads and Transport, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza emphasised that the Department would ensure that applications for the special permits are processed and issued before the Easter weekend.
“The Department will only issue temporary inter-provincial permits to recognised (legal) operators,” said Mayathula-Khoza.
The Chairperson for Roads and Transport Portfolio Committee in the province, Jacob Khawe, said they will address these challenges with other chairpersons within government and taxi associations in order to share perspective.
“This is to really put our hands together and talk in one voice which will see a harmonious and peaceful taxi operation across the provinces for the benefit of our people,” Khawe said.
Furthermore, the Department said that all Taxi Operators who wish to apply for the temporary permits should have the following:
- A letter of request singed under oath from the client/organisation requesting special transport- the letter should detail destination, number of passengers, purpose of trip; and date of departure and return the province.
- Proof of recognised operating permit issued by GPDRT.
- The National Land Transport Act 5 of 2009 (section 60) should be adhered to.
- All applications should be submitted at NO.11 Diagonal Street, (Cnr. Prichard) Diamond Building, Tel: (011) 227 8399/8300