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Transport dept & taxi associations reach AutoPax bus agreement

Operations were disrupted on Wednesday after a standoff between taxi drivers, bus drivers & commuters.

Commuters were stranded in Mamelodi because taxi drivers wouldn't allow AutoPax buses to operate in the area. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says the department met with taxi associations in Mamelodi and an agreement has been reached to ensure the AutoPax buses operate on Thursday morning.

Operations were disrupted on Wednesday morning after a tense three-way standoff between taxi drivers, bus drivers and commuters arguing over control of the routes.

Vadi says among the decisions taken is a proposal to the provincial department for a solution.

"The City of Tshwane will submit its proposal to the provincial department for consideration on how to integrate bus operators and taxi operators in and around Mamelodi."

Mzamo Dube, who represents the taxi drivers in the area, said government promised they would control the routes in Mamelodi after Putco pulled out.

"We've been given the promise that we will be empowered. We took a workshop of familiarising ourselves with the ticketing system."

Government signed a three month contract with AutoPax to service Putco's routes in three municipalities.