Amendment of regulation 11C of the Regulations states that all public transport services such as trains, busses, taxi services, e-hailing services (such as Uber and Bolt), seafaring, and air passenger transport are unavailable for non-essential use during the lockdown period.
However, as an exception, busses, taxies, e-hailing services, and private motor vehicles needed to perform essential services, obtain essential goods or transport essential service employees, are still allowed to operate during the hours of 05h00 to 10h00 and 16h00 to 20h00, and only under the following circumstances:
Private vehicles may only carry 60% of the licensed capacity. This means that a car capable of seating 4 people, may only carry 2 people during the lockdown period – the driver and one passenger.
Taxi services shall not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity. For example, a minibus taxi licensed to carry 10 passengers, may only carry a maximum of 7 passengers during the lockdown.
Bus services and e-hailing services shall not carry more than 50% of their capacity.
In terms of hygiene and safety precautions, owners of public transport vehicles must adhere to the following rules:
- Provide adequate sanitizer wipes or liquid for passengers to use.
- Public transport vehicles must be sanitised before and after transporting passengers. Drivers must ensure that all frequently toughed areas withing the vehicle (door and window handles, armrests, and handrails) are sanitised after every trip.
- Sanitisers - liquid or wipes - must contain a minimum of 60% alcohol content.
Anyone found to be in violation of these regulations, will be subject to the penalties set out in the Disaster Management Act of 2002.