Cape Town is expected to see the rollout of 80 tuk-tuks in time for this year’s peak tourist season.
This comes after the city’s transport department issued a tender for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services. If the tender process goes according to plan and the city receives responsive bids, the tuk-tuk vehicles may be operating from September 1, in time for the peak summer period. The tender process is to appoint public transport operators, who will operate 80 tuk-tuk vehicles across eight areas in Cape Town and the far south.
Why Would You Need A Tuk-Tuk?
The vehicles are intended for those wanting to travel short distances of three kilometres or less to local destinations. The people who will make use of the tuk-tuk vehicles don’t necessarily want to make use of a metered taxi service, but also don’t want to walk two or three kilometres to their destination.
The tuk-tuks will initially operate in 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 and Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.
The city will not appoint more than eight operators for each area and preference will be given to tenderers who will make use of electric vehicles.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Tourism Update.