Lockdown: Mbalula announces new rules for taxis

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The president discouraged unnecessary travels in public transport

The department of transport has revised the rules that taxi owners and passengers should follow during lockdown days in South Africa.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced revised regulations that call on the taxi industry to among others, reduce the number of passengers ferried per ride during the 21-day nationwide lockdown, implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Mbaulula addressed the media at the Noord Taxi Rank on Wednesday

During the lockdown period, the following public transport vehicles must reduce the number of maximum passengers to 70% of the licensed capacity, with no masks as follows:

  • A minibus licensed to carry 10 passengers is limited to carry a maximum of 7 passengers
  • A minibus licensed to carry 15 passengers is limited to carry a maximum of 10 passengers.
  • A midi-bus permitted to carry a maximum of 22 passengers, is limited to carry a maximum of 15 passengers
  • A vehicle licensed to carry a maximum of four passengers is limited to carrying 50% of its permissible passenger carrying capacity.

Alternatively, all minibus and midi-bus taxi vehicles are permitted to load their maximum 100% passenger loading capacity as provided for in their operating licenses, provided that all passengers are wearing masks. 

The masks must be either surgical masks or N95 respiratory masks.

Mbalula further reiterated the call for public transport operators to sanitise vehicles.