The Gauteng government yesterday said the problem with implementing an integrated transport system lay in convincing the taxi industry to adopt the single-ticketing system.

In trying to improve the public transport system in the period leading to the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the government plans to integrate the transport system by introducing a single ticketing system. This would allow commuters to move from one transport mode to another using one ticket.

Taxi bosses, however, said they had not been approached on the matter.

Public transport, roads and works MEC Ignatius Jacobs told reporters yesterday that one of a “few hurdles” the government was facing was moving the taxi industry from cash to tickets.

“Our challenge is convincing our partners it is good to move from cash to ticketing.”

Jacobs; sports, recreation, arts and culture MEC Barbara Creecy; community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia and Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan were briefing the media after their meeting yesterday.

Sicelo Mabaso, chairman of the National Taxi Association, told Business Day that Jacobs had never discussed the matter with taxi bosses.

Mabaso said if such a system were to be implemented, all taxi associations should be consulted and they should all make a “collective” decision.

He said a number of issues needed to be addressed, such as profits, routes and commuter education.

“We have inter crossing routes, which are used by different associations — that is why the process must be conducted collectively. It will be a process that needs to be done. We can’t say we agree with it until we know the model.”