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West coast taxi owners want out

07 May 2012

Frustration and anger is mounting among taxi owners operating in the City’s west coast corridor over what they perceive is the City’s delay in paying out compensation for loss of income following the introduction of the MyCiti BRT.

Half of the taxi owners operating under the Atlantis-based Blouberg Taxi Association (BTA) which has a fleet of 150 taxis with 68 owners have indicated that they want to be paid their final compensation so they can quit the taxi industry as they were no longer making any profit due to decreased passenger numbers, said the association chair Christy Prins.

A Du Noon taxi owner operating under the Du Noon Taxi Association (DTA) who did not want to be named for fear of being victimised by senior association members, also said fellow taxi owners in the DTA were tired of waiting to get their compensation and wanted to exit the taxi industry.

Former chairperson of DTA and current CEO of Kidrogen – a company formed by five taxi associations and runs six MyCiti stations and three feeder routes – BigBoy Ncube confirmed that taxi owners were frustrated over compensation.

The City made compensation payments of about R5 000 to taxi permit holders in December last year and March this year, but Ncube the taxi owners want to be paid their final compensation.

Prins said his members had reported to him they could no longer make a living operating west coast taxi routes as traffic officials due to decreasing numbers of passengers and a clampdown by traffic officials.

Mayoral Committee Member for Roads Transport and Stormwater Brett Herron confirmed that the city was approached by the BTA and DTA whose members were asking for early exit compensation.

Herron said the City was working on compensation offers at the moment but they would have to be checked by the City’s finance and legal departments.

“We hope to make these offers at the end of May or early June. We’re talking to them and resolving their request,” Herron said.  — Peter Luhanga

Tags: Atlantis-based Blouberg Taxi Association (BTA), BigBoy Ncube, Brett Herron, Christy Prins, Du Noon, Du Noon Taxi Association (DTA), Kidrogen, MyCiti BRT

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