The South Africa National Taxi Council (SANTACO) says rumours that two taxi fare increases will take place this year – the first being this month has caused confusion among commuters.
On Friday 1 July 2016, the latest Essential Services Commission fare determination took effect while maximum fares in the Melbourne metropolitan zone remain unchanged.
Maximum fares in the urban zone (Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong) have increased and the council’s Mandla Mzelemu says as the body recognised by government they only carry out increases on July 1.
“As SANTACO we said the increases will be on July 1. All the members know that. If they fail to put an increase on July 1 they are not allowed to do it at any day, they will have to wait for July next year,” he said.
Taxi fares vary based on distance, location and time of travel. Additional charges apply if you travel on some public holidays, book in advance, make an electronic payment, use toll roads, or in a vehicle with five or more passengers.
Meanwhile, the National Treasury Deputy Director-General Malijeng Ngqaleni has cited slow and incomplete government taxi recapitalization programme as one of the factors that have disadvantaged the taxi industry from receiving a subsidy.
Ngqalen stated this at the 35th annual Southern African Transport conference currently underway at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.
Ngqalen noted that the three modes of public transport – the Metro-rail, Gautrain and semi-private Provincial buses received two digits percentage benefit from the R167 billion spent in the last ten years.
Other beneficiaries who received less than 10% each included various Metro Council Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) operations and municipal bus services countrywide.
Taxi Operators to Comply with tax processes
However, the taxi council Santaco says some operators pay tax through an operators’ license, but others seem to fall through the system while some operators are not legally registered or do not do proper bookkeeping.
”At the transportation body in Pietermaritzburg, they do not give you an operating licence which is the requirement to operate a taxi, unless you have submitted your tax clearance.
The council therefore urged operators to comply with tax processes. Use the right bookkeeper, make sure that the bookkeeper you are using is the right bookkeeper and is the right accountant, council in KwaZulu-Natal’s Bonga Zondi said .