The Tshwane metro acknowledged that its decision to prevent minibus taxis from Hammanskraal travelling into the CBD has raised safety concerns for learners.
Last month it was announced that taxis from the area would no longer drive into the CBD under a deal struck between the metro and taxi associations.
Under the deal, the taxis would only go as far as the Wonderboom A Re Yeng bus station from where passengers would board the buses into the CBD.
“The learners that are transported by the A Re Yeng Bus from Rainbow junction and dropped off along the line 1A/Paul Kruger alignment are used to being dropped off near their school. The A Re Yeng stations are however a small distance away for the school children. This has been raised as a concern by various parents,” said metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo.
Mashigo said the metro would engage with parents to find a solution to their concerns.
“All the affected parents are urged to use our planned forum to provide feedback which will assist the system planning in this endeavour.” Commuters will be notified about the dates for the public meeting regarding this issue.
Previously, a mother of two from Hammanskraal, who asked to remain anonymous, said that this deal didn’t take the needs of children into consideration.
“I am worried about my eight- and 10-year-old children who are schooling in Capital Park. Who is going to make sure they get out of the taxis safely, get onto the right bus, get off at the right station and walk a distance to school?”
She said her children were transported by a taxi from Hammanskraal and dropped off safely at the school gate.
“The bus is not going to drop them off at the school. What if they get hit by cars skipping traffic lights or get lost?”
While the the taxi owners were happy with the decision, drivers seemed to be of a different opinion.
A taxi driver who wanted to remain anonymous said it was worrying that primary school learners would have to negotiate busy roads to get to school.
MMC for roads and transport Sheila Senkubunye said the metro would compensate taxi owners for the 10km distance they would forfeit under the deal but did not disclose how much would be paid.
However, according to the parents, taxi owners would be paid R15 000 a month per taxi.
“They don’t care about the well-being of our children because this deal would benefit them.”
The Hammanskraal deal was expected to come into effect from next year.
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