Sun. May 31st, 2020

Watch – SA lockdown: Taxis flout rules, passengers removed from vehicles

Although taxis are allowed to travel for a few hours during lockdown, some drivers in Gauteng have ignored strict rules on hygiene and social distancing.

watch sa lockdown taxis flout rules passengers removed from vehicles - Watch – SA lockdown: Taxis flout rules, passengers removed from vehicles

When trying to get the vast majority of the public to change their entire way of living, you’re going to get a few teething problems on day one. Friday marks the first morning of our lockdown regulations coming into place, and there have already been a few acts of defiance from our taxis to report.

Watch minibus operators break the lockdown rules here:

Two of South Africa’s most-frequented hailing ranks have both found themselves taking a wrap to the knuckles. Passengers embarking vehicles at Bara were ejected, after drivers broke the maximum capacity rules by packing-out the back seats. Police were quick to march the offenders back onto the streets:

What are the rules for taxis during lockdown?

As stipulated by the government’s new emergency legislation, taxis are only allowed to travel between 5:00 – 9:00 and 16:00 – 20:00, dramatically reducing their operational capacity. Once ‘rush hour’ is done, the new test will be to stop these drivers from picking-up passengers outside of these hours.

Furthermore, the minibuses can only carry “half of their” capacity, including the driver: So an eight-seater can only carry three passengers, plus the driver, and a sixteen-seater can only carry seven passengers, and so on.

Bree, Bara ranks see bad behaviour

Some drivers have claimed ignorance as their reasons for flouting the new lockdown rules. At Bree – which was eerily quiet when compared to a normal day – police and law officials again had to ensure that drivers weren’t cramming too many people into their vehicles:

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