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Taxi operators to be informed on IRT

The City of Cape Town has launched an information drive among taxi operators regarding the Integrated...

Taxi . Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The City of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cape Town has launched an information drive among taxi operators regarding the Integrated Rapid Transit system.

Last month thousands of taxi operators caused chaos in the <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Mother<placetype w:st="on">City protesting against the initiative.

The taxi industry was concerned that the plan favoured buses at its expense.

However, the city said the system would encourage more people to use public transport by boosting commuters all round.

The first phase of the initiative was expected to be implemented by March 2010.

Transport Mayco member, Elizabeth Thompson commented that they needed to explain to taxi operators what the benefits of IRT system were.

“The meeting that we had with Minister Radebe, [sic] at that particular meeting what was also decided was that we would have a road show that would include officials from national. We would have to go to the various interchanges maybe engaging with the drivers engaging with the taxi industry,” Thompson said. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Thompson added that many taxi operators were being misinformed saying, “Many of them say they don’t know anything about it but it’s because almost every meeting has been blocked so there has been very little opportunity for us to engage at the level to tell them exactly what the IRT is about. Most of them have got a very good idea but we don’t know how the message goes down to the operators.”