Level 2: Mbalula announces changes to transport regulations

Level 2: Mbalula announces changes to transport regulations

Public transport vehicles have been given the green light to carry full loads again - but only if they're travelling a maximum of 200-kilometres with passengers. 

Level 2 transport regulations Fikile Mbalula minister

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday announced a number of changes to transport regulations under lockdown Level 2. 

For the undertaking of short-distance public transport: scholar transport vehicles, buses, mini-buses and e-hailing services - among others, are permitted to carry 100% of their maximum license capacity. 

Mbalula says other modes of transport are subject to restrictions. 

"Mini-buses, midi-buses and buses are only permitted to carry a maximum of 70% of their licensed passenger-carrying capacity

when undertaking long-distance travel. 

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"Rail operations are permitted to carry a maximum of 70 % of their licensed passenger capacity. Long-distance passenger rail is now permitted to resume operations subject to the passenger capacity restriction."

Mbalula hopes the Road Traffic Amendment is passed later this year.  The Bill introduces a 0% alcohol level for all motorists. 

Although international air travel remains prohibited in alert Level 2 - four more airports were allowed to resume operations. 

"Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape,  Hoedspruit Airport in Limpopo, Phalaborwa Airport in Limpopo and Margate Airport in KwaZulu-Natal." 

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