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Taxi bodies to discuss 2010 transport today

TAXI associations will meet the Integrated Public Transport Steering Committee in Port Elizabeth today to discuss their preferred design to facilitate the loading and offloading of passengers.

The meeting comes after the municipality and taxi associations agreed last week that the Bus Rapid Transit system would be redesigned to accommodate all modes of transport instead of only buses.

PE and District Taxi Association chairman Melekile Hani said the taxi association did not want to be restricted to certain areas in the city.

The associations would also meet a business expert to draft a business and operational plan that would be submitted to the municipality.

Other issues still needing to be discussed included the collection of fares, permits, and the choosing of the appropriate type of entity, for example co-operatives.

Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said negotiations with the taxi association were ongoing. Construction on the BRT was continuing.

This follows an agreement between the municipality, taxi associations, the department of transport, the PE Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Algoa Bus Company.

The SACP‘s Zukile Jodwana said redesigning the BRT did not mean all construction would stop for a new design, but all relevant stakeholders would look at options for accommodating both taxis and buses, using the same infrastructure.

Eastern Cape Roads and Transport MEC Gloria Barry said at the weekend that, should the strike resume, the conditions of taxi operating permits would be looked into.

Operators who had been arrested and those whose taxis had been impounded would find their permits withdrawn.

Source The Herald

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