Free bus services for pensioners and the disabled to be piloted in Joburg

30 April 2018 - 16:52 By Penwell Dlamini
Bus. File photo.
Bus. File photo.

The Johannesburg city council has approved a motion allowing for pensioners and the disabled to travel for free on buses during off-peak times.

This was announced by council speaker Vasco da Gama on Monday. The motion was tabled by councillor Devanand Maharaj of the Congress of the People last week and received overwhelming support.

Maharaj‚ the chairperson of the council’s oversight committee‚ argued that the move would enhance the mobility of pensioners and persons with disabilities will improve their access to basic services and economic opportunities. It will also improve their overall well-being in the City of Johannesburg metro.

He pled with the transport sector and other stakeholders to partner with the city to roll out free off-peak transportation for pensioners and people with disabilities.

Member of the mayoral committee for transport‚ Nonhlanhla Makhuba‚ amended the motion recommending council should avail a budget for the implementation. She further recommended that the free exemption should take effect on Metrobus and Rea Vaya busses by launching a pilot project in 2018/19 financial year.

“The results of the pilot project‚ along with the lessons derived from it‚ are to be brought back to council for information purposes‚” Da Gama said in his official statement.

Makhuba’s final amendments were that the actual full rollout of the exemptions begin in the 2019/20 financial year.

The motion and amendments were unanimously adopted by council.