Farouk Cassim,a Cape Town based educator,writer and politician has called for the introduction of Tuk Tuk in the City of Cape Town because of it’s populace and traffic.
A Congress of the People councillor on Thursday called for “at least 10 tuk-tuks to operate in every ward” in Cape Town.
He said the opportunity is there considering that Cape Town is “the most traffic-congested city in South Africa”.
Cassim said the city’s transport authority’s tender issued in April only contained a provision that “successful licensees will be permitted to operate 80 tuk-tuk vehicles in a three-kilometre radius”.
“Unfortunately‚ only the following eight areas have been favoured: Fresnaye and Bantry Bay; Sea Point; Green Point; Bo-Kaap and De Waterkant; Tamboerskloof; Walmer Estate‚ University Estate‚ Zonnebloem and District Six; Kalk Bay‚ St James‚ Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town‚” he added.
Cassim said the “fact that 95% of public transport is used by poor people provides compelling evidence that public transport cannot match the convenience of travelling in a private vehicle‚ congestion and pollution notwithstanding”.
“People are reluctant to walk to a transport location and wait or ride a short distance and then change to another bus‚” he said‚ adding that his proposal for 10 tuk-tuks in every ward “would have facilitated a door-to-door public transport service”.
“What is on offer must provide a real incentive to do something constructive about reducing greenhouse emission and taking cars off the road.”
Cassim‚ by way of example‚ said tuk-tuks were used to good effect in the Indian capital.
“In New Delhi‚ the most traffic-congested city in the whole world‚ it is the tuk-tuk that successfully ferries passengers to the metro‚” he said.
“Without the tuk-tuk‚ New Delhi will grind to a standstill.”