Pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors must have per­mits

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS - Gugu Myeni

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

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