Taxi bosses in the Western Cape want the incentive money to keep rolling in, but government says the well has run dry.

Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell, reiterated that provincial government doesn’t have the funding to continue the Blue Dot Taxi Programme.

And as strike action continues today, Mitchell says he’s sad to see commuters suffer.

The department says no incidents have been reported in the morning.

Golden Arrow buses are still being escorted by the police and law enforcement officers from Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa and other hotspots.

Taxi operators across the province embarked on a two-day stay away yesterday,

Because they’re unhappy that the Blue Dot programme is being terminated at the end of the month.

Mitchell has again appealed to national government – and the private sector – to fund the national roll-out of the programme.

“ What is very sad is we are the only government that said we believe in that and we need to strengthen the business model of the mini-bus taxis industry.  We will ultimately ensure support where we can, and we have done that.   We have always had an open-door policy with the industry to raise concerns. It’s very disheartening to see that and at the end of the day it’s the commuters are suffering”.