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UCT and taxi operators reach agreement in Claremont Route dispute

by Staff Reporter
on 29 Nov 2007
The Claremont Website
The Claremont Website

Following a lengthy dispute between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and taxi operators regarding operations along the Claremont Route, an agreement was reached between the opposing sides.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by UCT and Amalgamated Transport Services (ATS) which will see the university contracting taxi operators to ferry UCT staff and students between Mowbray and Claremont.

The service will run from 6am to 9am during the academic term and for a trial period of two years. The changeover is expected to commence on 18 February 2008.

Tensions between the two groups peaked in September when a female Jamie shuttle driver was allegedly threatened at gunpoint. The incident caused UCT to withdraw transport services along the route.

In terms of the agreement, ATS has to provide a regular service with scheduled stops that will be for the exclusive use of UCT staff and students during term time. Drivers will undergo customer care training offered by UCT and only 15-seater vehicles that carry a customer care telephone number will be used.

Ghalied Behardien, spokesperson for ATS said "We are very proud to be associated with an exciting project that has the potential to showcase the taxi industry's ability and willingness to adapt to new models and upskill our employees."

The agreement was facilitated by the Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC).

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