The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) has given authorities 21 days to respond to their demands. The alliance says it last month postponed a march in order to allow for negotiations with the government but Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi failed to respond to their calls. The NTA says the matter could end up at the Constitutional Court.
According to the National Taxi Alliance website, the demands are as follows:
- Public transport subsidy for taxis
- A taxi recapitalisation programme
- Compensation for operators who have surrendered their operating licenses
- An Integrated public transport network
- The scrapping of Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offenses (Aarto)
- Dedicated taxi lanes
- A probe into taxi-driver killings
The NTA also claims that their growing frustration stems from the lack of assertion and willingness for government to address their concerns.
Therefore, they are seeking prompt responsiveness from Maswanganyi, who previously claimed the Transport Department is “fully committed to the provision of a safe, secure, reliable and quality public transport system.”