santacoPretoria News reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced that taxi associations have resolved to hike fares with effect from 1 July.  

Different taxi structures would exercise their own discretion on the introduction of increases, according to Santaco.  However, an increase of R4 to R5 has been proposed for local trips.  Metro to metro trips such as Pretoria to Joburg will increase by a maximum of R7, with cross-provincial border trips increasing by R50.  The SA Travellers' Safety Association expressed its disappointment about the looming taxi fare increments as they were likely to hit commuters hard in the pockets.  Secretary Apson Makaung pointed out that proposals to increase taxi fares with astronomical percentages would impact negatively on workers using public transport.  His criticism was made despite the recent assurance by Santaco that, while it was engaged in talks, it had no plan to implement hefty taxi fares increases in Tshwane.  Makaung also criticised the government for suspending Metrorail while it had allowed the Gautrain to operate, saying the decision benefited only “the middle strata, if not the nobility”.  The government previously indicated that Metrorail would resume operations on 1 July.

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