A jubilant Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, Cllr Rano Kayser, said the moment for the Integrated Public Transport System buses has finally arrived with the last piece of the puzzle now in place.
He made this statement at an official handing over ceremony of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality buses and infrastructure to the company responsible for operating the system at the Cleary Park bus depot this morning.
“It was a really hard and bumpy road but we managed to stay the course. We can now officially hand over 25 buses, of which 24 are articulated, as well as the Cleary Park depot facility to the Vehicle Operating company – Spectrum Alert.
“I’ve made a commitment that we will not deviate from legislative requirements and accordingly the city now mandates the industry to run the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) on its behalf.
“Taxi drivers and guardjies (previously responsible for collecting money and operating taxi doors) have been trained and are now qualified Code 14 drivers and many more job opportunities will follow such as security services, maintenance and mechanical jobs amongst others.
“However we would like the beneficiaries of these jobs to come primarily from the taxi industry.
“Policemen and women who can present their appointment certificates as proof will be able to commute for free. Pensioners and students, with valid student cards, will get a 20% discount from the normal fare,” MMC Kayser said.
A public participation process, starting tonight, will now follow with Northern Areas residents and thousands of complimentary tickets will be distributed for use between 26 March and 9 April.
Commuters can get their complimentary tickets at the Cleary Park Customer Care Centre and the Mfanasekhaya Gqoboshe Building.
Call the Libhongolethu Transport Operations Centre at 0800 47 87 87 for more information.
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