Govt changes rules for when taxis, food deliveries can be on the road
- Government has issued new public transport regulations, effectively scrapping the previous curfews.
- This effectively means that taxis and food delivery vehicles can be on the road until 20:00.
- Government's strict 20:00 to 05:00 curfew still stands - as well as the permitted restaurant hours of 09:00 to 19:00.
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The strict curfews on when taxis and takeaway-food delivery vehicles can be on the road have been lifted after government gazetted new regulations for public transport.
Previously, public transport was only permitted to operate from 05:00 to 19:00 and all drop-offs needed to be completed by 19:00. This was despite some restaurant workers’ shifts only ending at 19:00. Takeaway-food delivery vehicles were only allowed on the road between 09:00 to 19:00.
Other public transport was only allowed on the road between 20:00 to 05:00 if they were offering chartered services - arranged by employers - for those who were allowed to work during Level 4.
The new regulations only state that transportation of these workers need to be in line with their shifts or work time schedules. These schedules must be determined by a person "with responsible authority" at a company.
The new rules have also removed all references to curfews. This effectively mean that taxis and food delivery vehicles can now be on the road to 20:00.
Because, for now, government’s official curfew of 20:00 to 05:00 still stands.
Also, restaurants are still only allowed to send out food deliveries until 19:00
But an easing of these restrictions are expected soon. President Cyril Ramaphosa previously said that country will drop to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown by the end of May, although some parts of the country with higher infection rates of Covid-19 will remain at Level 4.
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