The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has supported a proposed set of conditions for the use of tuk-tuks in certain parts of Cape Town, in order to support enhanced mobility, as well as the entrepreneurship of those promoting the service.
The conditions will be presented for approval at a full Council meeting and then be sent to the Western Cape Provincial Government's MEC for Transport and Public Works.
“There has been interest in a tuk-tuk service from some parts of the city. As part of our efforts to be a responsive government that supports the public transports needs of residents across the city, and the entrepreneurship of those promoting the service, we are proposing the provision for tuk-tuk services in certain parts of Cape Town,” says Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Councillor Brett Herron.
The National Land Transport Act 5 of 2009 defines a tuk-tuk as a three-wheeled motor vehicle designed or modified to carry up to three seated persons, including the driver. This mode of transport may be used for public transport purposes where relevant transport plans – and in the City of Cape Town’s case, its Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan (CITP) – makes provision for them.
The CITP does refer to or enable the assessment of tuk-tuk services, which is the reason for the need for an urgent amendment, which can be included into the new CITP.
The City is in the process of drafting its 2013-2018 CITP, which will include the proposed conditions for tuk-tuks. The draft will go through formal comment and public participation periods, as well as an approval process later this year.
“The proposed provision and conditions ensure alignment with what we expect to include in our new CITP, which should be ready for public comment within the next month or two. We will review these conditions during the process of finalising the new CITP and make amendments if necessary,” says Councillor Herron.
The Provincial Regulating Entity has received a number of applications for tuk-tuk operating licences and one licence has been approved, although it was not supported by the City in terms of its current CITP.
Due to the growing demand for this type of service, and in order to accommodate the identified gap in the transport market, the following interim conditions (amongst others) have been recommended:
- Tuk-tuks to operate as a short distance mode of transport, travelling no longer than 3km on a dedicated route, as defined in the Operating Licence.
- Tuk-tuks are seen as a base operation (as sedan taxis), with respect to facilities, with formal City facilities not provided. Base facilites will be privately owned or leased by the tuk-tuk operator, which shall be stipulated and within an acceptable radius from their route.
- Children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult when travelling on a tuk-tuk
- All trips must be pre-booked with the tuk-tuk operator
If these proposals are approved, tuk-tuks will become operational in the following areas:
- Waterfront, Sea Point and Bantry Bay
- CBD, as long as there is no conflict with sedan taxis
- Kalk Bay
- Simon's Town and Fish Hoek