National Taxi Alliance (NTA) says transport minister Fikile Mbalula should approach the Treasury for a special relief package for long-distance and cross-border taxi operators who were hit hardest by the lockdown.
They say this is on top of the R1.14bn the government has already offered the industry in Covid-19 relief funding.
While local taxis were allowed to operate at set times and at 70% capacity from level 5 down to level 3, their interprovincial counterparts were grounded in conformity with a ban on travel across provinces.
The cross-border operators are still grounded as SA’s borders are still closed.
Malele said on Monday that cross-border operators were the most affected by the national lockdown.
“They are facing extinction because they have not been operating since lockdown started,” he said.
Adding that interprovincial operators could not sustain their operations on the 70% loading capacity.
“We have not done the calculations yet but taxi associations will have to assist in ascertaining the actual rand value loss per taxi,” Malele said.
This come after Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Taxis will be allowed to fill 70% for interprovincial travel. However, they say they are the ones who were most hit by lockdown.
Although, Mbalula said government couldn’