Ministry of Transport presents Taxi Intervention to Portfolio Committee

The Ministry of Transport has today presented its intervention in the taxi industry before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport (PCOT).

Led by the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, the Special Advisor to the Minister Lawrence Venkile and the Department of Transport Director General Alec Moemi briefed Members of Parliament about the upcoming National Taxi Indaba.

The Indaba will focus on formalization (converting taxi businesses into corporate entities, ensuring compliance with the country’s tax and labour laws, enforcing a code of conduct for all operators, enforcing penalties for non-compliance and introducing legally binding mechanisms for a single industry representative body).

The Indaba will also discuss regulation (issuing of operating licenses) and empowerment (creation of a business value chain that is entirely owned by the taxi industry, severe penalties for operators who get involved in conflict and the introduction of a subsidy system).

The dates of the Indaba have yet to be announced. It will be preceded by a Public Discourse Platform, which will be launched in Johannesburg by Minister Mbalula in August 2020, in the build up to the Indaba.

The objectives of the Platform are to engage in conversation with stakeholders and civil society on the future of the taxi industry as the largest mover of people in the country.

The Ministry of Transport

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