WATCH: Curbing the commute of COVID-19

ENCA covers changes in taxi community and compliance during COVID-19

Sunday 26 July 2020 – 11:58am

It is not only vital that we partner with the public transport transport systems that move our country, to keep everyone safe, but going forward it will help us to create in-roads into communities for better engagement and healthcare.

Dr Jenny Coetzee, African Potential Foundation Director / Co-Founder

It’s an initiative aimed at saving lives. COVID-19-compliant features have been fitted to more than 500 taxis at the Bara Taxi Rank in Johannesburg. This is part of the Adopt-a-Safe-Passage campaign, launched by a public-private partnership. Our director, Dr Jenny Coetzee, joined ENCA to explain what we are trying to do.

JOHANNESBURG – COVID-19 compliant features have been fitted to more than 500 taxis at the Bara Taxi Rank in Johannesburg.

This is part of the Adopt-a-Safe-Passage campaign launched by a public-private partnership.

READ: Johannesburg taxis filling to capacity

Public transport is one of the easiest and fastest ways for the coronavirus to spread.

But for many workers living in low-income household and areas like townships, taxis are the only option when it comes to transport.  

Now that minibus taxis can load at 100 percent capacity for local trips, it’s become critical to ensure passengers and drivers are protected. 

READ: SA lockdown: Mbalula promises masks for taxi drivers, passengers

More than 2,000 taxis have been fitted with these features.

It’s hoped with more assistance from stakeholders in the sector, 200,000 taxis will be COVID-19 compliant.

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