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ETA Kicks Off Vehicle Sanitisation Programme

ETA Kicks Off Vehicle Sanitisation Programme

The eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA), in partnership with the eThekwini Metro Taxi Council (EMTC), launched the vehicle sanitisation programme on 29 January at the Chesterville Taxi Rank.
The programme will include the daily sanitisation of 5 500 minibus taxis belonging to unsubsidized operators and passenger contact tracing at five strategic ranking facilities across the City.
The launch day activities were led by ward 28 committee member Sabelo Zuma joined by EMTC representatives Sifiso Mthethwa and Yusuf Khalif as well as ETA Senior Manager Babalwa Nyoka.
Zuma called for attendees at the launch to ensure that they follow Covid-19 government protocols which include social distancing, sanitising and the wearing of masks throughout the event.
In his full personal protective equipment (PPE) gear and carrying a large fogger, Zuma sanitised vehicles, demonstrating to industry members how the machine works.
He highlighted the importance of such interventions from government during the current pandemic.
“With approximately 65 percent of Durban residents relying on public transport, this puts both the public and the taxi drivers and operators at risk and leave them vulnerable to the virus. It is important that as government we extend support, specifically to unsubsidized operators from the minibus taxi industry, to help flatten the curve,” he said.
Zuma then proceeded with handing over starter kits containing foggers, awareness stickers, sanitisers and face masks to unsubsidised taxi operators.
The yellow “No Mask- No Entry” sticker with the eThekwini Municipality and EMTC logos will not only remind commuters to wear masks, but also help them to identify vehicles that are part of the sanitisation programme, he said.
Mthethwa from EMTC welcomed the support from the City saying: “As the minibus taxi industry we are happy and thankful for this initiative. We will work hand in hand with the ETA team on the implementation of the programme across the City,” he said.
In his closing remarks, Zuma said the programme will be rolled out to taxis in various ranking facilities around the City. He also urged commuters to assist the Municipality in keeping all facilities clean by not littering and to follow Covid-19 protocols as set out by government to ensure everyone’s safety.
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