Explainer: Public transport rules during coronavirus lockdown

Explainer: Public transport rules during coronavirus lockdown

- The majority of citizens in South Africa depend on public transport to get to work and access shops

- With police clamping down during the 21-day lockdown period, confusion has reigned

- Briefly.co.za explores the current regulations so South Africans can understand the situation

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has implemented a number of regulations that will govern movement in South Africa during the lockdown.

With so many people still dependant on public transport to access essential services, confusion was apparent on Friday.

Citizens, many of whom had been paid after lockdown began, found themselves in a pickle with limited taxis allowed to operate.

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Mbalula has announced a curfew for the movement of public transport for those who will continue to work and purchase food and medical supplies:

"Minibus-taxis will be allowed to transport essential services workers and those allowed to make the necessary permitted movements. Transport movements in this regard will be allowed to operate from 05h00 to 09h00 and then again from 16h00 to 20h00."

In response to questions over workers who have different shifts to the times list, Mbalula expanded on the subject:

"We've placed the times to say that's when we expect visible movement of people going and coming back from work. Outside that: it must slow down. Essential workers and those seeking essential services will be allowed to move, even outside those times. Limited and controlled."

Briefly.co.za reported that Mbalula increased the limit on passenger capacity during this time to 60% of a vehicles licensed capacity.

In addition to these vital regulations on public transport, air passenger transport has ground to a halt for the duration of the lockdown.

Cargo will still be allowed to enter South African ports, but crew members will not be permitted to disembark.

The first day of lockdown saw numerous citizens encountering law enforcement personnel and SANDF members during their ventures into the streets and the expectation is that many soldiers are still en route.

The deployment is expected to last until late June and will see the SAPS bolstered by the assistance.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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