The highly contested B97 taxi route will remain closed until further notice.

This is after the taxi associations affiliated with CATA and CODETA failed to reach an agreement on sharing the route.

The route between Paarl and Bellville has been closed since July last year, in efforts to end the killings and violence among the operators.

In November, an arbitrator ruled that the associations both have rights to operate on the route.

But now the taxi organisations requested a further extension to discuss the order recommended by the arbitrator.

The talks will resume immediately, but the two associations won’t engage on their own.

Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell, says he wants to re-open the route but wants to be certain that will be done in a safer way.

“There must not be any chance of a member of the public being caught up in violence similar to what we saw in July 2021.  It is our responsibility as government to ensure that citizens are protected. While I am disappointed that we could not reach an agreement before today [24 May 2022], I want to open this route in the knowledge that the safety of the citizens will not be at risk in any way.”