oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Vehicle maintenance in the minibus taxi industry

Volume 19, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Minibus taxis in South Africa are the most popular mode of public transport, mostly due to their flexibility and relative convenience over the other modes of public transport. The industry has shown resilience and has grown significantly over time amid many challenges. The informal nature of the industry has led to operators being in charge of most activities relating to operations, such as fare structure, fare types, routes, etc. Even though minibus taxis are popular and account for the majority of public transport trips, there are some aspects of operations that commuters are unhappy with, for example the high levels of fares, driving manner and the roadworthiness of some of the vehicles used.

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