Santaco spokesperson has spoken to eNCA and mentioned that they are currently transporting 16.5 million people daily with 250,000 approximate taxi drivers within the fleet of South Africa.
At this stage, it’s important to find measures to put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and with taxi passengers being within close proximity of others it could possibly be problematic.
Santaco has mentioned that they are acting with measures by themselves, they have not been requested to do so but feel it is necessary to take the required steps to safeguard South Africa.
Taxi vehicles in South Africa will usually have a maximum capacity of 14 people per car, if one person is infected with the virus in that car there is a possibility that the other 13 members can become infected. On average work commuters will take multiple taxis per day and usually these vehicles are at maximum capacity, this could quite possibly be a breeding ground for the virus.
Santaco has reassured they are engaging with the Department of Health and pushing programmes to educate their fleet drivers, commuters and marshals about the coronavirus.
SANTACO has seen it prudent to engage Department of Health for a collaborative campaign to educate taxi owners, commuters, drivers and marshals about coronavirus and ways to keep safe— SANTACO (@SA_Taxis) March 10, 2020
Santanco has recently demonstrated on Social Media a device that is currently being used in Singapore could directly help against Coronavirus.
A demo of what is called the DDAC. the device has been tested in Singapore directly on the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/IoAM5blVH3— SANTACO (@SA_Taxis) March 18, 2020