Taxi operations back to normal

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pretoria - Normal taxi operations resumed in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning after operators agreed to return to operating their routes.

Hundreds of commuters were left stranded on Monday after taxi operators embarked on an unofficial stay away in protest of the newly introduced Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) said operators agreed to run their usual routes after a meeting on Monday afternoon. They also decided to suspend a rolling mass action initially planned for Tuesday.

"It was only appropriate to suspend the go-slow and this includes the planned nationwide strike. SANTACO has further taken note of the commuter complaints regarding non-availability of taxis today," said the council in a statement.

A meeting between the body and the Department of Transport to discuss outstanding issues on BRT is set take place on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg described the first day of operation of the Rea Vaya busses as successful.

"We managed to transport all commuters at our stations and trust that under the circumstanced most were able to arrive at work on time," the city said.

Commuters were encouraged to buy bulk tickets to ensure smooth operations at stations as well as abide by the instructions of the station staff and police who are deployed to the stations.

No pedestrians are allowed to walk in the dedicated bus lanes. They must use the provided pedestrian crossings.