As part of its Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) plan, South Africa's City of Cape Town is proposin a ride-hailing app for minibus taxis in the city. The IPTN's main aim is to address traffic congestion in the city.

The peoposed ride hailing app will work in a similar manner to how Uber and Taxify work by allowing customers to request a minibus taxi on-demand.

“We foresee that by formalising and modernising the minibus-taxi industry, the operators will become our partners in transforming the method and ease of commuting in Cape Town,” said Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development at City of Cape Town.

Currently minibus taxis in South Africa, just like danfos in Nigeria and matt us in Kenya, have common routes they use in the city and pick up passengers along those routes. The City of Cape Town is proposing, among others, that the app have the ability to allow passengers to track, in real time, the taxi they need to catch so that they can get to the required station or stop in time.

“As such, the IPTN Business Plan states that minibus-taxis will provide on-demand services in future MyCiTi service roll-outs and transport commuters to stations and stops from where commuters can transfer to a MyCiTi trunk route which operates on dedicated right-of-way red roads,” said Herron.

It remains to be seen if and how the minibus taxi industry will cooperate with this proposal.

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