Taxis charge double to make up for loss of passengers during lockdown

  • Some taxi drivers in the East London CBD have set themselves on a collision course with the government as they demand double the normal fare from desperate passengers amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • A Quantum minibus, which normally carries 15 people, can now take only seven passengers, while small sedan taxis, or amaphela, which normally carry four passengers, are now allowed to carry just one passenger, and taxi drivers are making sure commuters compensate them for their losses.
  • A trip from Braelyn to East London, normally R11, is now R26.
  • Operating times and regulations on the number of passengers is a command from the national government.

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