Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula has revealed that during lockdown, all minibus and midi-bus taxi vehicles will be allowed to load their maximum capacity if all passengers are wearing masks.
“During the lockdown period, all minibus and midi-bus taxi vehicles are permitted to load their maximum 100% capacity as provided for in their operating licenses, provided that all passengers are wearing masks,” he said
Mbalula who engaged with the leaders of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) and National Taxi Alliance (NTA) commended them for playing their part in enabling movement of the poor who use public transport.
“In consultation with the taxi industry, i have engaged the leadership SANTACO and the NTA. I must commend the taxi industry for their efforts and commitment to playing their part in enabling mobility of the poor,” he said.
The Transport minister also added that citizens must appreciate that the measures being introduced to curb the spread of the virus are about preserving life and not about individual narrow self-serving interests.
Those taxis that will be loading passengers with no masks will however reduce the number of maximum passengers to 70% of the capacity. For instance if a minibus is licensed to carry 10 passengers, it will be limited to carry a maximum of 7 passengers.