Coronavirus: Mbalula announces relaxation of public transport rules

Coronavirus: Mbalula announces relaxation of public transport rules

- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced a relaxation in the public transport curfews for the next week

- This is in order to allow citizens to access social grant payments, which are confirmed for early release

- Mbalula says the move is to cater to the needs of society's most vulnerable

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced a relaxation in the curfews imposed on public transport during the lockdown period.

In a media statement on the decision, Mbalula commented that the new rule will come into effect on Monday and continue for a week:

"Effective from tomorrow, 30 March 2020 until Friday, 3 April 2020, buses and taxis will be permitted to operate from 05:00 until 20:00 in order to cater to the transportation needs of society’s most vulnerable."

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While the rules have been somewhat relaxed for this period, Mbalula cautioned against taking advantage:

"The exercise of social distance by all those using public transport must be observed and enforced. We will issue further directions in this regard."

Grant recipients were advised to carry both their ID and SASSA cards when travelling to collection points:

"Grant recipients are required to carry their Identity Documents and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards when travelling on public transport, to assist law enforcement efforts."

Briefly.co.za reported that confusion over the regulations, which included curfews and passenger capacity restrictions, had been apparent during the early stages of the lockdown period.

With both essential workers commuting alongside citizens seeking out basic commodities, the authorities had their hands full attempting to manage the new rules.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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