National 29.6.2015 04:41 pm

Putco cancels bus services in Gauteng

FILE PICTURE: Putco bus travelling a stretch of road. Picture: Sabrina Dean.

FILE PICTURE: Putco bus travelling a stretch of road. Picture: Sabrina Dean.

The Public Utility Transport Corporation (Putco) which runs the Putco bus service on Monday announced plans to cancel its services.

“Putco Bus Services have indicated to the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport its intention to cease operations in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng municipalities with effect from 30 June 2015,” the Gauteng roads and transport department said in a statement.

“This move has the potential to leave many commuters and residents stranded with no transport operations to get to work or schools.”

“The department would like to assure affected commuters that Autopax, a subsidiary of PRASA, will step in to replace Putco on all the subsidised routes within the areas.”

Putco provides commuter bus services in Gauteng, Limpopo and the western parts of Mpumalanga.

The department said MEC Ismail Vadi had earlier announced during his budget speech vote that the department’s intention was to to renegotiate subsidised contracts with bus companies in Gauteng.

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