Today the Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gave new information to the transport industry regarding revised regulations that have now been put into place.
The public transport industry in South Africa has been known to be a method in which the virus spreads rapidly, the government and ministers have acted quickly and ensured that regulations have been put into place to prevent any further infections. Taxi drivers in many provinces have rejected or completely ignored these new regulations forcing the minister to speak loudly and stress that they must be followed, any taxi driver rebelling from the regulations can be fined or imprisoned.
The regulations are not static at this point, as the national disaster unfolds these will be fine tuned and changed on the fly to ensure they are working effectively. It’s important during these times that all taxi ranks and owners keep up-to date with the regulations that are being given out.
- A minibus licensed to carry ten passengers has been limited to carry a maximum of seven passengers.
- A minibus licensed to carry fifteen passengers has been limited to carry a maximum of ten passengers.
- A minibus licensed to carry twenty-two passengers has been limited to carry a maximum of fifteen passengers.
- A vehicle that has licensed to carry a maximum of four passengers has been permitted to hold no more than 50% of the maximum capacity.
- All bus taxi vehicles with a capacity of 100 passengers or near this amount are permitted to ensure that all passengers are wearing masks, these masks must be surgical masks or better.
Frustrations arise during public discussions
The Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, took to the streets today to give the update on the transport industry – He did not hold back, clearly angered by the citizens that are rebelling against the lockdown. In one of his sentences he says “We will make them an example of the lockdown of the coronavirus.”
“Our doors are open, let’s talk amongst each other there is no need to fight. Those who want to obstruct the law deliberately, throwing useless parties when they have been told they must not party, they must be locked up. Don’t lock up the people that come to the party, lock up the party organizer for a very long time, because they are breaking the law deliberately.” said Minister Mbalula