Inter-provincial travel taxis

Photo: Fikile Mbalula / Twitter

Inter-provincial travel allowed for public transport – under these conditions

For those who need a refresher on the inter-provincial travel laws, Fikile Mbalula has just announced some minor adjustments for taxis and buses.

Inter-provincial travel taxis

Photo: Fikile Mbalula / Twitter

Fikile Mbalula has been talking to the media on Thursday afternoon, with regards to the rules that minibus taxis and commercial bus operators must follow. Despite the tightening of lockdown restrictions on Sunday, it would seem that the transport ministry is happy to allow inter-provincial travel to continue.

Inter-provincial travel still permitted

Mbalula announced that a violation of the rules in place would now be classed as a ‘criminal offence’. For taxis and buses, the rules remain essentially the same as they did before – but there is now a very strict caveat in place for both services when it comes to making a journey across provincial borders:

“Long-distance bus services are permitted to carry a maximum of 70% of their permissible passenger-carrying capacity for intra-provincial and permitted inter-provincial travel. A long-distance route is considered to be 200km or more.”

“Long-distance rail operations are still banned, and no-one can travel by car or plane to a different province unless they possess the necessary permits which were produced at the beginning of Level 3.”

Fikile Mbalula

A reminder of how inter-provincial travel works at ‘Level 3 and Advanced Level 3’:

Work-related travel reasons are permitted, learners can cross borders in their journey to school, you can move house or seek medical treatment across a provincial border if appropriate, children can move between co-parenting households, citizens can undertake provincial travel to care for a relative, and leaving quarantine is also allowed. Just make sure you have the right paperwork to hand.

New rules for taxis to follow

Meanwhile, the taxi industry has been told to be on its best behaviour going forward. Several operators have previously rebelled against government orders, and even staged a roadblock protest about the ‘unsatisfactory’ financial support they have received. Going forward, the following rules are now in place:

  • All operators must sanitise their vehicles, before and after trips. Passengers must sanitise upon entry and exit.
  • Taxi windows must be open 5cm on both sides.
  • Vehicles must be fitted with window-blockers to keep them open.
  • All passengers must cover their mouth or nose with some form of mask during their journey.
  • Minibus taxis and buses cannot carry more than 70% for long-distance or intra-provincial travel.
  • Away from taxis, transporting liquor is only allowed for export or movement between licensed facilities.
  • East London Airport, George Airport, and Kimberley Airport can operate from 21 July.