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NTA: Taxi drivers giving up routes for BRT system deserve better compensation

Phase 1-B of the Rea Vaya project was launched this week & 317 taxis were taken off the Soweto/JHB routes.

FILE: NTA general secretary Alpheus Mlalazi says the amount being offered is simply not enough. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) says its members who are giving up routes in Johannesburg, to make way for the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System, deserve at least R1.2 million for each vehicle they will take off the road.

Phase One-B of the Rea Vaya project was launched this week - 317 taxis were taken off the routes from Soweto through several suburbs and into the city centre.

Each taxi owner received almost R830,000.

The roll out of the bus system will continue throughout the province, and taxi drivers are also being roped in to work as drivers, due to the income they stand to lose.

NTA general secretary Alpheus Mlalazi says the amount being offered is simply not enough.

"If an owner has more than one taxi on the road it should be multiplied by the number of taxis."

Mlalazi says owners should also be compensated for each taxi in operation.