Taxi rank agree­ment

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MACLENNAN

Taxi as­so­ci­a­tions in Gra­ham­stown (Makhanda) still have to rat­ify an agree­ment bro­kered this week. Com­pet­ing taxi as­so­ci­a­tions Border Al­liance (BATA) and Uncedo have met twice this month to re­solve a dis­agree­ment over fee shar­ing.

The dis­pute over stand fees (the duty payable to the rank man­age­ment once your taxi is full and ready to leave) ear­lier this month saw Uncedo leave BATA’S long-dis­tance car rank in Link Street and es­tab­lish their own load­ing area less than 500 me­tres up the road.

The dis­pute is about BATA’S Link Street rank. Both Uncedo and BATA were us­ing it to load long-dis­tance taxis to Fort Beau­fort, King Wil­liam’s Town and Ped­die.

Loaded taxis pay a stand fee of be­tween R15 and R20 be­fore they set off – ef­fec­tively rental for the space they’ve oc­cu­pied to load pas­sen­gers.

Be­cause BATA op­er­ates the Link Street rank, their mar­shall col­lects this fee and it goes to the as­so­ci­a­tion. Uncedo be­lieves they’re en­ti­tled to a share. Chair­per­son Monde Sandi said at is­sue had been that many of their driv­ers and own­ers were pay­ing stand fees to the BATA mar­shall – yet Uncedo was re­ceiv­ing no share of that. Sandi said this had been re­solved dur­ing talks.

“The stand fee pay­ment for the Port Al­fred, PE and Ped­die taxis will be split half-half,” Sandi said. “But for the Fort Beau­fort line, each as­so­ci­a­tion will take its own fee.”

Sandi said as far as Uncedo was con­cerned, ne­go­tia­tors had re­solved the dis­agree­ment. It only needed to be rat­i­fied by the re­spec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions. BATA chair­per­son Dole Kondile, though, was frus­trated that the Uncedo long-dis­tance taxis con­tin­ued to line up in Beau­fort Street op­po­site the To­tal garage, less than half a kilo­me­tre from their rank.

“There’s no change,” Kondile said this week. “They’re still in front of our rank.”

Uncedo’s home rank is in Dr Ja­cob Zuma Drive op­po­site Fik­i­zolo Pri­mary School. BATA’S rank is in Link Street, op­po­site the En­gen garage in Beau­fort Street.

Both use the main mu­nic­i­pal­ity man­aged Queen Street rank, along with pri­vately owned land be­hind Sho­prite and four al­lo­cated park­ing bays in front of Check­ers in High Street.

The ‘Avanza’ rank for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling to Port El­iz­a­beth is a sec­tion of Beau­fort Street close to the Hill Street cor­ner.

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