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IN THE MEANTIME THIS IS WHAT TAXIS WILL HAVE TO LOOK LIKE IN 6 MONTHS
In an unusual move the department of transport has issued a proclamation stating that all South African taxis must be colour-coded and look exactly the same within the next six months.
The proclamation, which can be found here, states that:
NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MINIBUS OR MIDIBUS, THE DATE OF FIRST REGISTRATION OF WHICH IS AFTER A DATE CALCULATED AS SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THESE REGULATIONS IN THE GAZETTE, ON A PUBLIC ROAD FOR A MINIBUS TAXI-TYPE SERVICE UNLESS-
(A) THE STANDARD COLOUR OF THE VEHICLE IS WHITE; AND
(B) STICKERS DEPICTING THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL FLAG ARE DISPLAYED ON THE VEHICLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUB-REGULATION.
These stickers featuring the South African flag may be no larger than 300 millimetres in height and 300 millimetres in length; must be affixed to the vehicle and kept displayed on the side of both front doors below the window level of the vehicle; and must depict the flag correctly displayed as prescribed in Schedule 1 of the Constitution.
The regulations also severely cut down on the advertising allowed on the vehicles and state that no other liveries (paint jobs) are allowed on the vehicles.
These changes apply only to minibuses and midibuses used for minibus taxi -type services, and do not apply to any other type of vehicles used for any other type of public transport service.
Any driver who contravenes or fails to comply with these Regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months. Read more