BRT rides along amid taxi strike

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pretoria - The situation in Joburg and the surrounding areas is calm with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system operating normally despite the continued strike action by taxi operators.

Angry members of the taxi industry are striking against the BRT system's new routes as they feel their livelihood is being threatened.

Gauteng Transport departmental spokesperson Philemon Motshwaedi told BuaNews on Tuesday that the situation is calm with no incidences of violence and intimidation.

"Law enforcement agencies are monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of commuters," Motshwaedi said.

Commuters in Soweto had to put up with long queues along routes of the BRT system on Tuesday morning as taxi drivers continued to withdraw their services in protest against the system

On Monday, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Bheki Nkosi appealed to other public transport providers to increase their services around places affected by the taxi strike in Johannesburg.

"We are calling on Metrorail to make available more train coaches, including shuttle trains, on more than regular frequency periods in the South and Western parts of Joburg, especially in the early morning and late evening peak periods" Nkosi said.

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