Road and transport rules for Level 4
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has emphasised that no public transport is allowed between 20H00 and 5H00 and that no person is allowed to use public transport without wearing a mask.
“While the government may provide limited assistance in ensuring the availability of masks, the onus rests on each individual to ensure that they don’t leave home without a mask.”
Window period for travelling between provinces
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has published regulations allowing once-off special
dispensation for persons who were not at their places of residence before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan
and district areas during the lockdown, to return to their homes.
Mbalula announced people will be allowed to travel between 1 May and 7May 2020 in line with the regulations.
Loading Capacity for Public Transport
Minibus taxis will remain at 70% loading capacity, with social distancing and mitigating measures to remain in place.
Metered taxis and e-hailing services will remain at 50% loading capacity and a five seater vehicle is permitted to carry a maximum of 2 passengers and a driver.
Busses will be allowed to transport 70% passengers of their licenced loading capacity.
Shuttle Services for essential work
Shuttle and Chauffer services will only be permitted for transportation of essential workers and the economic sectors allowed back to work under level 4.
The loading capacity is 50% for these services.
Charter services used by companies to transport employees working different shifts and outside permitted hours will be subject to the same rules.
This service is permitted for essential workers and the loading capacity allowed is 50%
Delivery and Courier Services
Uber Eats and Mr. Delivery and similar services are permitted to operate between 9h00 and 19h00.
Courier services are permitted to operate in the delivery of goods permitted for sale in the Level 4 regulations.
The wholesale sector has also been allowed to return back to service. Sub-sectors allowed to trade are e-commerce,
including online shopping for items such as ICT equipment and other goods.
Passenger Vessels and Cruise Liners
Only vessels bringing in cargo are allowed on South Africa’s ports.
The transportation of cargo from seaports to either warehouses or final destinations is provided for in the current rules of Level 4.
Only at Level 3 will limited movement of scheduled domestic flights be allowed.
“It is when the country’s alert level reaches Level 2 that we will fully open our airspace and allow movement of both domestic and international flights,” said Mbalula.
Source: Business Tech