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Easter season–Department to issue special permits
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GPDRT) is inviting public transport operators to apply for temporary inter-provincial operating permits for the upcoming Easter season.
 
This comes after an agreement was concluded at a joint session between the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL), the Department (GPDRT), South African Council of Churches (SACC) and various taxi operators in the province, on 06 April 2017.
 
This is in anticipation of a large number of commuters travelling to different provinces and destinations during the Easter weekend.
 
“It is envisioned that the interim measure will ease impoundment challenges usually encountered by Gauteng Taxi Operators when transporting passengers on special trips outside the provincial jurisdiction”, said the Department.
 
The Department will only issue temporary inter-provincial permits to recognised [legal] operators. Applications must be submitted three days before departure date.
 
Acting MEC Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza emphasised that the Department will ensure that all the applications for temporary inter-provincial permits are processed and issued in time for the holidays.
 
All taxi operators wishing to apply for temporary permits should submit the following document:
 
  • A letter of request signed under oath from the client/organisation requesting special transport services. The letter should detail destination, the number of passengers, purpose of trip, date of departure and return to the province;
  • Proof of [recognised] operating permit issued by GPDRT;
  • The National Land Transport Act 5 of 2009 (section 60) should be adhered to.
 
Applications for inter-provincial permit should to be submitted at No.11 Diagonal Street, JHB TOLAB (cnr. Pritchard) Diamond Building or call tel: (011) 227 8399 (oh) or switchboard at (011) 227 8300 (oh) for more information.
 
Meanwhile, GPL and GPDRT are working to address taxi operator challenges. This will include, amongst others, reaching an agreeable long-term solution where policy issues will be addressed.
 
“We will as GPL meet with Chairpersons of other legislatures in the country, Government Departments and national taxi associations to share perspectives and challenges encountered on similar matters. This is to really put our heads together and talk in one voice that can see a harmonious and peaceful taxi operation across the provinces for the benefit of our people”, said Jacob Khawe, Chairperson of the Roads and Transport Portfolio Committee in Gauteng.  
 
Interview requests with the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee should be directed to Ms Thabisile Nzuke at (011) 498 5416/082 619 4411 email: TNzuke@gpl.gov.za
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