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Warning to ‘illegal’ taxis

Mayor Nomusa Cynthia Mqwebu claimed metered taxis were operating illegally from Ryder Street, transporting commuters in 'contravention of public transport rules and regulations'.

METERED taxis have been given a stern warning by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality for apparently operating without the required permits.

Authorities are extremely ‘taxi sensitive’ at the moment after recent incidents, both on the South Coast and in Durban, where several people were shot and killed.

At a media briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Nomusa Cynthia Mqwebu claimed metered taxis were operating illegally from Ryder Street, transporting commuters in ‘contravention of public transport rules and regulations’.

Following up on several complaints, the municipality’s law enforcement unit is now to conduct an intensive operation and clamp down on taxis operating without the necessary permits in Ryder Street.

In an effort to regulate taxi operations, the municipality facilitated bilateral negotiations between various associations with the purpose of creating a joint structure.

However, the mayor was concerned that some had defied negotiations and agreements.

“As a result, the lives of commuters and general members of the public are at risk as these unlawful actions may incite violence again,” she said.

Enforcement officers would also clamp down on vehicles that were not roadworthy as well as those parking illegally and obstructing traffic flow.

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