Taxi operators threaten strike

Taxi operators threaten strike

MASERU – TAXI associations say they are mulling strike action in two weeks’ time to push for an urgent review of taxi fares.
The spokesman for the Maseru Route Taxi Operators, Lebohang Moea, said they will demand to hike taxi fares even though they are aware that civil servants did not get any salary increment last month.
The strike has been set for April 17. All the central region taxi associations are expected to take part in the proposed protest.
“We are going to increase taxi fares regardless of whether there has been an increase for civil servants’ salaries because tyres and fuel are now expensive,” Moea said.

He said taxi operators had wanted to increase fares from M6 to M10 but backed down to M7.50 after the government pleaded with them to take into account the plight of commuters.
Other transport operators were however pushing for the fares to be increased to M15 per trip, a figure that was shot down by the government.
Moea said Transport Minister Prince Maliehe imposed the new fares without even consulting them.
He said the taxi operators then took the matter to court in a bid to push the fares to M10 per trip.

Moea said taxi operators are yet to sit down and plan on the new prices.
“We are in business therefore we would turn a blind eye on the zero percent increments for civil servants,” he said.
He said right now taxi operators should be charging M10 per trip.
Moea said the planned strike is also because they are not happy with how Maliehe was handling their grievances relating to operations when they are in South Africa.
He said cross border taxi operators still face huge challenges when they cross into South Africa.

The chairperson of the Maseru Region Transport Operators (MRTO), Mokete Jonase, told thepost that they were also not happy with how the Ministry of Public Works and Transport was treating them.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Central Region, Mathe Khalane, slammed the Ministry of Public Works and Transport for failing to address their grievances which has made their work very difficult.
“We went to different ministries asking them to address our complaints,” he said.
He said they even went to the Minister of Education and Training Professor Ntoi Rapapa urging him to address the teachers’ strike since it was now beginning to affect their business as most students were at home.

Khalane said they also went to the Minister of Police ’Mampho Mokhele and the Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli because they also had complaints regarding how the police were treating them on the roads.
“They both did not answer us,” he said.
Khalane said their major grievance was that the police were in the habit of confiscating their C and D permits when their drivers have flouted the law.

He said they must charge arrest the drivers and not confiscate permits.
The government’s spokesperson, Nthakeng Selinyane, said the taxi operators’ grievances were being attended to by the government.
He said they were always in continuous talks with taxi operators over issues affecting their industry.
“As central government, we might not have the answers to all those grievances yet but those are subject to further consultation and an agreement will be reached,” he said.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane & Nkheli Liphoto

 

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