Taxi drivers block IPTS buses

Tremaine van Aardt

SUMMERSTRAND taxi drivers disrupted the operations of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) when they protested outside the Lillian Diedericks Building yesterday.

Drivers and their conductors blocked Govan Mbeki Avenue from 6am to prevent IPTS buses from departing for routes.

They said the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality had not honoured an agreement with taxi associations.

“In January, the municipality agreed to remove 45 taxis from the Summerstrand route in order to balance revenue between the taxis and IPTS buses,” spokesman for the protesters Lwandile Titi said.

“The owners of those taxis were supposed to receive a proposed R18000 per month and the drivers of those taxis were meant to be employed as ambassadors, drivers and security officers on the IPTS buses. However, nothing has materialised.”

The protest, by about 50 men, forced IPTS bus drivers to return their buses to the depot at 10am.

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