Government issues Transport Gazettes for COVID-19 lockdown

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The South African Government has issued its Government Gazettes detailing the extraordinary measures that will take priority during the announced national lockdown.

The Gazettes include:

  • Air Services
  • Public Transport Services
  • Cross-border Road Transport
  • Railway Operations

The Ministry of Transport announced last night that all international and domestic passenger flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin.

A summary of the highlights of each Gazette is as follows:

Air Transport:

The purpose of the directions is to provide for the

(a) international and domestic passenger flights prohibition;

(b) provision of conditions for air cargo entering the country;

(c) improved hygiene control and disinfection facilities on International Airports Designated as Ports of Entry operated by licensed airport operator, cargo handling facility, airports repair facilities, provider of airports maintenance or services, airport terminals, terminal operations and in licensed airports operations;

(d) oversight responsibilities;

Rail Transport

The new guidelines specify, among others, that all passenger and commuter Rail Operations will be ceased during lockdown:  

(1) All long- distance rail services, both public and private, must stop operations for the duration of the lockdown.

(2) Services of Shosholoza Meyl, Premier Class and Blue Train operated by PRASA and Transnet have been suspended.

(3) The private rail operators such as Rovos Rail must cease operation.

(4) All commuter rail services must stop operations for the duration of the lockdown including all Metrorail and Gautrain.

Cross Border Road Transport:

 Prohibition to provide cross -border road transport

(1) Despite any permit issued in terms of the Act, no person may provide cross -border Road Passenger transport for the duration of lockdown.

(2) Cross -Border freight movement will continue to and from our neighbouring countries

Public Transport:

The purpose of the directions is to provide for the: –

(a) improved hygiene control and disinfection facilities on all public transport vehicles and public transport facilities including ranks, terminals and train station.

(b) implementation of a monitoring and enforcement system in all public transport facilities

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