Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has given taxi owners an ultimatum to hand in unroadworthy vehicles by next week. Mbalula has launched the second phase of the Taxi Recapitalisation Program at Elandsfontein, south of Johannesburg. The program seeks to rid the road of unroadworthy taxis
The government, in turn, pays them for the unroadworthy vehicles.
@MbalulaFikile Our commitment to uplifting the taxi industry has never wavered, and we are determined to create opportunities for them to grow their business#FixingTransport@SANTACONational @GovernmentZA @SANTACONational @mbindwane pic.twitter.com/ra3iG3h6hi
— Department of Transport (@DoTransport) August 23, 2019
The Department has already scrapped over 70 000 vehicles since 2006.
TAXI RECAPITALIZATION PROGRAMME
TAXI SCRAPPER Mr FIX @MbalulaFikile on the gears
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix 100days (@MbalulaFikile) August 23, 2019
Mbalula has warned taxi operators that if they don’t hand in unroadworthy vehicles, they will be impounded.
“The taxi industry leadership was invited for today’s occasion and they chose not to come and I think they’ve got their own issues and demands. Now we will engage with them on understanding the issues that they want to raise with the minister from Santaco and everybody involved. But recapitalisation programme is not going to stop.”
The Minister says government is committed to uplifting the taxi industry and determined to create opportunities for the industry to grow. #TaxiRecapitalisation #FixingTransport pic.twitter.com/W9zuOQW6hG
— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) August 23, 2019