Regulating minibus-taxis: A critical review of progress and a possible way forward

All authors:
Schalekamp, H., Behrens, R. and Wilkinson. P.
Host organisation: CoE Cape Town, South Africa
Country: South Africa
Publication year: 2010
Published in:
Proceedings of the 29th Southern African Transport Conference, Document Transformation Technologies.
Research theme: Change Processes and Institutional Innovation, Management and Control, Mobility and Access, Public Transport
paratransit transport, taxi, regulation
Conference proceedings
in this paper the authors will focus on the complex process of reform in the road-based public transport sector in Cape Town, but also reflect on developments in Johannesburg and Nelson mandela Bay. The first part of the paper will provide a brief assessment of the progress that has been made, focussing on the approach to incorporating paratransit operators into formal public transport operations and the reactions of these operators, and will outline critical issues that have emerged in the process to date. The second part will provide an overview of alternative regulatory approaches that provide responses to current challenges with paratransit operations and to capacity limitations in both operating and regulating agencies. The last part of the paper dicusses the implications of each regulatory alternative on the stakeholder engagement process. The authors of this paper will argue that the current BRT-based policy and reform initiative may not lead to large-scale reform in the paratransit sector, and that the targeted initiatives focussed on improving employment conditions, efficiency of operations, public financial support and the safety and quality of paratransit vehicles may be an essential component to any strategy aimed at road-based public transport reform and service level improvement.
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