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The National Minister of Transport has issued new directives to extend the operating times of public transport services that are transporting essential workers, and to increase the loading capacity of minibus-taxi vehicles during the lockdown period. These directives were published in the Government Gazette yesterday, 31 March 2020, and are applicable with immediate effect.
Commuters should please take note of the following:
MyCiTi bus service:
Buses and stations are cleaned regularly in line with COVID-19 requirements.
‘Commuters should please avoid trips that are unnecessary. This is critical to fighting the spread of COVID-19. Only use the bus if you absolutely have to. This includes shopping for food and accessing healthcare, or social grants. If you do travel, wash your hands often, practise social distancing, avoid touching common surfaces and don’t touch your face. Wash your hands again after getting off the bus. Don’t travel if you are sick, and avoid contact with fellow passengers,’ said Alderman Felicity Purchase, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport.
Normal rules apply for Peak and Saver (off-peak) travel and passengers must continue to tap in at the start of their journey and tap out at the end.
Commuters can visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; use the MyCiTi app, or follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.
Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS):
GABS is providing transport services during the lockdown in line with the times that have been gazetted.
E-hailing and metred-taxis:
Transport services for essential workers:
‘We have established a Provincial Transport Coordinating Committee and we are meeting daily to address issues with our partners in the public transport sector. I’m urging public transport operators to please adhere to the strict health and safety measures as issued by the National Government. These measures oblige all operators to ensure that public transport vehicles are sanitised before picking up and after dropping off passengers; to sanitise all door and window handles, armrests and handrails before picking up and dropping off passengers; and to ensure that all public transport vehicles are clean and tidy,’ said the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela.
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