KZN taxi strike over permits

A taxi strike across KZN has been called for today in protest over the low number of taxi permits allocated to them this year.

Yesterday, taxi’s blocked the N2 and R102 at the Tugela bridge protesting over the same issue.

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) states on Facebook that: “All taxis in KZN will be on strike today due to the differences between SANTACO-KZN and the Transport’s Provincial Regulating Entity (PRE).

“The PRE has not released a very large number of permits which the operators have applied for, therefore the traffic officials have impounded a number of vehicles (cannot be announced) which are held by the Department.

“The strike will commence tomorrow (today), all areas in KZN will be affected by the strike because both short and long distance taxis will not be available

“We would like to apologise to all commuters who utilise taxis on a daily basis when going to work and other places. It is beyond our control at this stage. We promise to provide roadworthy, affordable and reliable transport after this matter has been resolved.”

Chairperson of the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association, Mdu Tonny said that they were unaware of the strike so taxis are available this morning. But he said if the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) asks them to stop running, they will.

uKhozi FM reported earlier this morning that the decision to strike was taken last night and not all taxi associations know about the decision to strike. So while their may be taxis this morning, commuters may not have taxis later in the day.

 

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