GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - The Red Dot Taxi Service is now servicing the Garden Route district.
Red Dot uses dedicated minibus taxis to provide critical transport services to COVID-19 positive people or those who were in close contact with a COVID-19 person who need transport to a quarantine and isolation facility.
The service is called “Red Dot” because of easily recognisable red branding stickers on the vehicles.
James Robb, cluster lead for Transport at the Garden Route Command Centre and Manager: George Integrated Public Transport Network at Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, said: “It is important for drivers to be protected while transporting people; hence the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works installed a protective screen between drivers and patients.”
The Department is responsible for implementing and monitoring the service, which consists of a fleet of dedicated minibuses.
“Minibuses also have a tracker and hand sanitising dispenser installed, along with guidance informing riders to wear face coverings throughout the journey,” said Robb.
According to Gerhard Otto, Chairperson for the GRDM Command Centre, “strict health and safety protocols are in place, including cleaning and sanitisation of vehicles after every trip, appropriate personal protective equipment, and a limit of 50% capacity”.
“The implementation of Red Dot in the District is further enabled by the Garden Route District Disaster Management Centre, which is providing a co-ordination function between stakeholders,” said Otto.
Umanyano Travel Services currently provides the service.
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