Task team to address CT taxi violence

WC transport has set up a task team to address sometimes fatal taxi violence issues in the Cape.

Transport MEC Donald Grant come out to accept the memorandum from taxi drivers who took to the street in Cape Town on 24 June. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport Department hopes a task team set up to address taxi violence will get to the bottom of tensions plaguing the industry in the Cape.

A Two Oceans Regional Taxi Council called a one-day strike earlier this week, accusing authorities of doing nothing to quell lingering tensions over routes in the city's Southern Suburbs.

The group has threatened a provincial strike if they don't get a response within seven days.

Meanwhile the Vrygrond Taxi Association, believed to be linked to a rivalry over routes, has been suspended from operating on some routes.

Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant says, "They have to adhere to nine conditions during that period before we stop the suspension. If there's failure to comply the next step is to withdraw their operating permit completely."