Ongoing fighting between KwaZulu-Natal’s e-hailing services and the taxi industry will never end as long as the latter has the backing of the province’s political leadership.
For years now the taxi industry has left road users inconvenienced by blocking roads and generally causing havoc when their demands are not met.
Despite this illegal activity, no taxi operator licences have been revoked. Nor has anyone been jailed for their role in this lawlessness. This while law-abiding citizens continue to bear the brunt of such illegal protests.
It is also abundantly clear that the feud between the e-hailing services and the taxi industry will continue for as long as the province’s Department of Transport (DoT), under MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, continues to shirk on its mandate to ensure proper process and policy on permits for the taxi and e-hailing services.
Just as everyone has the right to choose their mode of transport, so too should there be the opportunity for various modes of transport to exist.
Those who choose to make a living within this sector must be provided with a safe environment in which to do so — one where there is opportunity and where the various options are able to co-exist. It is the duty of the DoT to ensure that this is the case.
Nkonyeni has a duty to the people of our province to put forward proposals to resolve this issue once and for all.
KZN cannot continue to have a situation where one sector has a monopoly over the other and over the mode of transport that is used.
SHARON HOOSEN, MPL
Democratic Alliance KZN Spokesperson on transport