Taxi Recapitalisation Programme Relaunched

LN Mangcu

The ANC is committed to ensuring safe, reliable and efficient public transport, and welcomes the reintroduction of the Government Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. This is an effort to curb the scourge of road accident fatalities.
Through this programme the Government aims to scrap and eliminate 135 894 unroadworthy taxis across the nine provinces over the period of five years. Taxi owners, who voluntarily surrender their vehicles that meet a pre-defined criteria to be scrapped, will be compensated with R124 000 for each taxi demolished through the programme.

The programme caters for taxis manufactured before 2007, and already the department has received 1 464 applications for scrapping of old taxi vehicles.  The ANC is encouraged by the taxi industry's cooperation with the Government in this regard. We call on taxi operators to join this programme to enable the introduction of vehicles that meet safety standards.
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