Sunday, June 14, 2009

Taxi Industry Wants Full Control of BRT System

The taxi industry says it will accept nothing less than full control over the bus rapid transit system the government has been planning for its urban areas.

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has made its position clear: the industry is not prepared to accept the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in its current form. Either the government gives it control of the proposed transport system, or it continues to rule the roads with its taxis. There is no middle ground.

The threats from the taxi industry should not be taken lightly. This is not the first time its survival has been challenged, and since the minibus taxis appeared in 1977, it has successfully stared down opposition at every turn.

In the driving seat
Sunday Tribune
June 14, 2009