The Airports Company of South Africa Limited (ACSA) has moved to clamp down on illegal taxis operating from its airports and urged the public to avoid using them.
The state-oened airports company spokesperson Refentse Shinners said Monday working together with law enforcement agencies “we have managed to see a huge decline in illegal taxi operators touting for clients in the airport landside”.
Shinners said ACSA “had noted with concern media reports” about the presence of unauthorised taxi operators in and around Cape Town International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport as well as King Shaka International Airport.
“ACSA has recently been made aware of the proliferation of illegal taxi operators, many of who are reportedly posing as e-hailers, in and around the airports,” said Shinners.
“While this negatively impacts the business of legitimate ride hailers, it also compromises the safety of unsuspecting people (or commuters/travellers?) who choose to use their transport services,” said Shinners.
“We are concerned that the safety of our passengers may be compromised if they continue to use illegal operators who do not have the requisite licences or permits to operate,” says Shinners.
“Our security and operational teams with the support of South African Police Service will respond immediately to an unauthorised operator soliciting business inside the terminal building, being reported.”