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Statement of the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, on the occasion of unpacking lockdown implications for transport
Wed, 25 March 2020
In announcing the nation-wide lockdown, the President indicated that provision will be made for essential transport services to continue, including transport for essential staff and for patients who need to be managed elsewhere. The measures we are announcing today are in line with this injunction, while ensuring that the objective of the lockdown is achieved.
Rail
Aviation
Maritime
Taxis
Minibus taxis
Metered taxis and e-hailing
Buses
During the lockdown period most services rendered by our entities will be suspended. Vehicle Testing Centres and Drivers’ Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) will be closed. Should your drivers’ licence expire during the duration of the lockdown it shall be deemed to remain valid until the end of the lockdown, with the grace period of renewal within 14 working days thereafter unless otherwise determined.
We will maintain skeleton staff for purposes of safe road operations, clearing of accidents, maintenance of tunnels as well as road traffic enforcement.
In addition to the measures I have outlined, as a Minister of Transport, I am empowered by the Disaster Management Act Regulations to issue Directions. I will therefore issue Directions covering the following areas:
We are encouraged by the positive response to the existing regulations by all stakeholders. These include sanitization of taxis and surfaces by the taxi industry and initiatives by e-Hailing providers to assist with transportation relating to healthcare logistics.
More information:
Ayanda Allie Paine
Cell: 072 566 0827
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