Public transport operators must have permits
KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda has warned that public transport operators must be in possession of a permit in order to carry passengers.
Kaunda met with taxi associations in uMkhanyakude and King Cetshwayo Districts last week to resolve the issue of illegal operators.
‘The law allows people to use the mode of transport of their choice. However, this mode of transport must be authorised to carry passengers in terms of the National Land Transport Act.
‘In other words, no operator may transport passengers for a fee without an operating permit,’ he said.
He also warned taxi operators not to take the law into their own hands.
‘We have asked the police, including uShanela to maintain a strong presence in the affected areas,’ he said.
In April Kaunda vowed that his department will clamp down on all illegal public transport operators throughout the province.
In dealing with the illegal operators, which he said pose a threat to the peace and stability in the taxi operations, Kaunda ordered the Inter Provincial Technical Task Team (IPTTT), which deals with all illegal moving violations within provincial and crossborder corridors, to tighten enforcement in an effort to curb illegal licensing of vehicles.
He further ordered the team to probe all the licensing stations that are issuing these illegal operating documents.
KZN MEC for Transport Mxolisi Kaunda