Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Mohita Latchmnirain has suspended taxi operations between Nazaret and Middelburg District Taxi Associations yesterday.
This comes after after several unsuccessful attempts to settle ongoing taxi disputes over routes between the associations.
“The persistent taxi violence between the two is compromising the safety of other road users particularly commuters. The extraordinary measures are in line with section 91 of the National Land Transport Act no. 5 of 2009. The Act empowers the Executive Authority to suspend operating permits to avert any acts of criminality or violence that may result in injuries, loss of life or damage to property,” said the department.
The suspension of operations only affects specific routes between Middelburg and Nazaret that are the main source of conflict. The MEC expressed her concerns for commuters who dependent on taxis for their daily commute, however, safety remains the key priority. Meanwhile, the Department is in a process to fasttrack the provision of alternative public transport to assist commuters in all affected routes.