The Department of Transport says it has scrapped 1 284 illegal taxis in the country since April, as part of its wider ‘taxi recapitalisation programme’.

BusinessTech reports that the programme forms part of a campaign launched in 2019 to improve road safety in the country by clamping down on old and unroadworthy taxis, which pose a massive risk to road users and passengers alike.

The department introduced a Taxi Recapitalisation Programme due to unsafe taxi vehicles that resulted in injury and loss of life.

Under the programme, taxi owners and drivers are encouraged to remove unroadworthy taxi vehicles from the road using a scrapping process through the department.

They are then given a scrapping allowance which can be used as a deposit to recapitalise new vehicles.

The department said that it is currently working on gazetting a ‘cut-off’ for old taxi vehicles registered on or before 4 September 2006.

The cut-off date is intended to act as a measure that will assist in getting the taxi owners to bring the vehicles to be scrapped.

Plans laid out by the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure looking ahead to 2050 envision a public transport system that includes a formalised minibus taxi industry at its core.

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