The Amajuba Taxi Industry, which is made up of five taxi associations within the Amajuba District, took to the streets of Newcastle last week Thursday, complaining about the way Newcastle buses operate.
The taxi’s Special Task Team Secretary, Russell Zuma, claimed that buses operate outside their contract. “We have found that buses are now operating like taxis. They will stop anywhere to take a person, just like taxis do. They should work as buses must work, people are only collected at particular bus stops. If they start operating like taxis, then that means they are not acting within the contract regulations, that is corruption. Their fare prices are also lower than taxi fares. That is obviously hurting our business. If our fares are higher, people will end up not using taxis, that means we are out of business. We are here trying to stop that. Buses work with coupons, you can’t just take a person anywhere on the road. They are uncontrollable.” The taxi owners and drivers handed over a memorandum to the bus owners.
Transnat Coach Lines Director in Newcastle, Sol Paruk, said they have forwarded the memorandum to the department. “We received the memorandum brought to us, we have forwarded it to the Department of Transport in the region. We are awaiting and hoping to get feedback within this week. We would like to solve this matter as amicably.” The memorandum was expected to be responded to within 48-hours.