Taxi operators raise concerns over fines

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says taxis can only be filled to 70 percent capacity. He also revised operating hours, extending them by an hour in the mornings and evenings. eNCA's Ronald Masinda's is out and about in Cape Town monitoring compliance. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Public transport providers have raised concerns about some of the restrictions and punitive measures they have experienced while under national lockdown conditions.

Some taxi drivers in the Western Cape say they've been fined over R1,000 for not wearing masks.

READ: Mbalula urges taxi industry to respect regulations

According to the Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela, regulations were unclear, which is why many drivers have been found without the protective gear.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has now clarified the rules and the Western Cape provincial government said it will ensure taxi drivers comply.

READ: SA lockdown: Mbalula promises masks for taxi drivers, passengers

Taxi bosses have also stated they are unhappy over Mbalula's decision to backtrack on allowing them to operate at full capacity.

Mbalula now maintains that taxis can only operate at 70 percent capacity.

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