New plan could see commuters checking minibus taxi availability online

New plan could see commuters checking minibus taxi availability online

- Mitchells Plain taxi association is working to modernise its operations

- This includes developing an app for commuters to check minibus taxi availability

- The association also plans to cooperate closer with law enforcement to curb taxi violence

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Taxi commuters in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, could soon check online to see of minibus taxis are available — and even request for them.

This is according to the regional branch of the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco), Daily Voice reports.

The newly elected board of the region is considering developing a cellphone app that would allow commuters to request a minibus taxi nearest to them, Briefly.co.za learned.

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Arthur Williams, the chairperson of Santaco Mitchells Plain, said their plan is to introduce the new app within the next few years.

Nazeem Abdurahman, Santaco's deputy chairperson, added:

Like Uber, passengers will be at liberty to check when the next taxi is available or to request one.

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The new board also plans to forge closer working relationships with law enforcement agencies to curb taxi violence in the area.

Additionally, it plans to request for more land from the City of Cape Town to expand the Mitchells Plain Taxi Rank.

The expansion would include building a garage and depot. Over 840 minibus taxis operate in Mitchells Plain and the expansion would make the industry more sustainable, Nazeem added.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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