n Journal of Public Administration - The Taxi Recapitalisation Policy : is it a hollow dream?




The implementation of the Taxi Recapitalisation Policy (TRP) was articulated by the South African government since 1999 with the purpose of formalising and regulating the South African minibus taxi industry and its estimated time implementation in 2005. The South African minibus taxi industry is labelled badly as a result of violence, un-roadworthy and unsafe taxi vehicles. The industry is also unregulated and informal. The violence that has dominated the industry has unfortunately overshadowed the significant role played by the minibus taxi industry in the country's transport system. The introduction of the Taxi Recapitalisation Policy brought hope to number of minibus taxi commuters who were becoming victims of taxi violence. It is almost a decade since the policy was introduced and implemented but what change has it brought? Has it cleansed the industry of its violence, is the industry now having safer and roadworthy vehicles operating? Most importantly has the policy managed to live up to its objectives, mainly formalising and regulating the industry? The empirical evidence has revealed that Taxi Recapitalisation Policy has failed to achieve its objectives; the South African roads are still packed with un-roadworthy taxi vehicles, taxi violence is still taking place, the industry is still practically informal and unregulated. The purpose of this paper is to argue that while the Taxi Recapitalisation Policy is a good policy with great intends, but its implementation is a flop. The paper also intends answering whether the Taxi Recapitalisation Policy is just a hollow dream through observation and literature.


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