THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality yesterday signed an agreement with taxi association bosses committing to pay out 60 former taxi operators whose vehicles were impounded to make way for the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) buses.
The municipality, the Algoa Bus Company and Laphumilanga – which represents taxi associations – met at the Noninzi Luzipho building yesterday, where the parties agreed that the 60 former taxi operators would be paid a monthly R6500 fee for a year in compensation.
Their taxis were impounded in February due to the oversupply of public transport on Summerstrand routes which has both buses and taxis operating. Some of the former taxi operators have been working as IPTS ambassadors – helping with the marketing of the buses and assisting people with information about bus times.
Earlier this week, they gave the municipality until Wednesday to address their concerns or they would disrupt the bus service operating along the Summerstrand route.
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