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CT commuters urged to find alternative transport ahead of taxi strike

The strike followed an announcement that the provincial government's Blue Dot programme will end later this month. Motorists are being urged to avoid main roads in Stellenbosch as traffic officials and police attend to an illegal taxi strike on 21 February 2022. Picture: Saya Pierce-Jones/EWN. CAPE TOWN - Cape Town taxi commuters were on Monday…

The strike followed an announcement that the provincial government’s Blue Dot programme will end later this month.

Motorists are being urged to avoid main roads in Stellenbosch as traffic officials and police attend to an illegal taxi strike on 21 February 2022. Picture: Saya Pierce-Jones/EWN.

Motorists are being urged to avoid main roads in Stellenbosch as traffic officials and police attend to an illegal taxi strike on 21 February 2022. Picture: Saya Pierce-Jones/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town taxi commuters were on Monday urged to find other ways to get to work as drivers embarked on a two-day strike.

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The strike followed an announcement that the provincial government’s Blue Dot programme will end later this month.

The new upset the taxi industry in the Western Cape.

The pilot programme incentivises good driver behaviour in a bid to make the roads safer.

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Taxi drivers were warned that should they break the law during the strike action, they would face the consequences.

“A stern warning is issued to those who will be participating in the taxi strike in Cape Town and surrounding areas on Monday and Tuesday to please respect the rule of law,” said Western Cape police spokesperson Novela Potelwa.

Law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to take decisive action once the strike turns violent and infringes on the rights of others.”

BELLVILLE TAXI COMMUTERS LEFT FRUSTRATED

Taxi commuters in Bellville were left frustrated after they had to find alternative modes of transport.

The first of a two-day South African National Taxi Council strike began on Monday.

Taxi operators have shut down operations in protest over several grievances, including the issuing of heavy traffic fines and the discontinuation of the blue dot taxi pilot project.

Police and law enforcement vehicles patrolled the area around the Bellville public transport interchange.

White mini-bus taxis were parked in a yard adjacent to the bus terminus.

Commuters were forced to make other plans to get to work.

“We can’t stay home because we won’t get paid,” said one commuter.

“No I can’t do anything, I can’t Uber, I can’t do anything, I’ll just wait,” said another commuter.

Western Cape Police urged people to refrain from violence and disruptions during the taxi strike that affected the lives of commuters, other transport operators and motorists within the City of Cape of Town.

KHAYELITSHA COMMUTERS LEFT STRANDED AMID TAXI TRIKE

Scores of Khayelitsha residents were left stranded on Monday morning when the taxi strike got underway.

At least two buses came under attack in the township.

As smoke rose into the sky above the township, there were very few buses running in the area.

A large number of commuters, including school pupils, had no choice but to stay at home.

There was a major police presence on the streets of Khayelitsha, including in Site C, which came to a standstill.

Private vehicles were not stopped from leaving the area.

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