Diesel Shortage Parks Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) Operations

Diesel shortages continue to cripple Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) operations in the capital city.

On Tuesday morning only a few buses were seen on the road.

“More than half of the TBS fleet is not running this morning because we did not get the delivery of diesel last night as we had anticipated,” said Selby Bokaba, spokesperson for the City of Tshwane.

“We will continue to engage with our service provider with a view to expediting the delivery of diesel today so that service can return to normal.”

On Monday the TBS operations were severely constrained resulting in the temporary suspension of services. As a result, a huge number of commuters were left stranded in the city.

“The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality regrets to inform the TBS commuters about the temporary suspension of bus operations with effect from this afternoon, Monday, 19 September 2022, due to fuel shortages,” said the City in a notice issued by its communication, marketing and events department.

“The metropolitan municipality has engaged the fuel service provider who has since promised to strive to deliver fuel tonight.”

The City apologised to commuters and added: “It is hoped that if the service provider delivers as promised operations will resume tomorrow morning.”

However, the problem persisted Tuesday, and bus services remained severely limited.

“The few buses that are running are those that had some residue of diesel left in their tanks, but that diesel would soon be depleted,” explained Bokaba.

“We wish to reiterate our apology to our valued commuters for the inconvenience caused.”