TAXI: CROSS BORDER ISSUES. PRESENTATION. BACKGROUND.
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The agency derives its mandate from the Cross Border Road Transport Act, 4 of 1998 as amended. In order to discharge its mandate the agency therefore has to:
The operations within the cross border falls squarely on the competency of the Cross Border Road Transport Agency and its Board which is responsible for the issuance of permits.
The issuance of such permits by Cross Border Road Transport Agency made matters worse for the Free State operators as their counter parts deserted them and acquired permits from the agency;
Consequently, the Free State operators lost operational opportunity to cross border permit holders who are said to be operating from residential places and undesignated ranks in Lesotho.
The Free State Taxi industry raised the following challenges that led to the dispute;
Free State operators constrained in implementing the Cross Border Road Transport Act in its current form thus calling for more input to be made by stakeholders involved in the industry
Lesotho operators not allowed to do any operations in South Africa except for special trips.
• South African operators are confronted with insurance premiums should they operate across Lesotho as per the determination of the Cross Border Road Transport Act,
The indiscriminate issuance of Operating Licences/Permits by the Lesotho Licensing Board without any consultations with their South African counterparts
In many of the meetings the under mentioned was proposed:
In the very recent meeting between FS DoT and CBRTA the following resolutions were taken and never implemented due to the failure on the part of other provinces and CBRTA: ANNEXURE TJP 15, 16, 17, 18 19