Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Taxi Union Calls for More Control Over Cape Town's Rapid Transit Plans

Taxi drivers and their representative union want to have more control and input in the planning and operation of Cape Town's new Integrated Rapid Transit system.

The South African National Taxi Council, Santaco, says it will ask the government for a larger stake in the control of the Integrated Rapid Transit System.

The taxi body is finalising its proposal that insists taxi operators have more ownership of practical aspects of the IRT system - also referred to as the Bus Rapid Transit system - ahead of its summit on Thursday.

The City of Cape Town has maintained that while it will purchase the vehicles for the industry, taxi and bus operators will run it.

...The Western Cape Provincial Taxi Council said it would urge the government to ensure that stakeholders in the taxi industry kept control of the IRT system, one of its main components.

Taxis want bigger stake in BRT system
Cape Argus via Independent Online
April 14, 2009