Tuk-tuks are coming to Cape Town

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A fun new way to get around the Mother City.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who’ve travelled to Thailand, you might be familiar with these three-wheel vans that tourists (and locals) use to get around. Guess what? These jaunty little taxis are coming to Cape Town – in September 2016.

Taking it easy

If you want to beat rush-hour (or any) traffic, or you aren’t in the mood to walk, hail a tuk-tuk. They’re ideal for short (2 – 3km) trips around town but, of course you can travel longer distances, too. The maximum speed the tuk-tuks can travel at is 30km/hour.

Testing, testing

Initially 80 operating licenses will be made available, with environmentally friendly (electric) tuk-tuks being given preference. As authorities wait to see how the tuk-tuks will integrate with MyCiti buses, eight areas in Cape Town will be given the opportunity to enjoy the use of these automatic rickshaws. The tuk-tuks will power up in the following areas during this test period:

  • Fresnaye and Bantry Bay
  • Sea Point
  • Greenpoint
  • Bo Kaap and De Waterkant
  • Tamboerskloof
  • Walmer Estate, University Estate, Zonnebloem and District Six
  • Kalk Bay, St James, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town

Date September 2016 
Cost Varies per operator
Contact 0860 212 414, Transport.Publicworks@westerncape.gov.za
Location Cape Town, Western Cape

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Time of publication: 08 August 2016

6 Responses to “Tuk-tuks are coming to Cape Town”

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    Been to Thailand and loved every minute. Pity it’s taken so long !!!!! .I will be the first on.
    Where can we buy a licence ???

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    J j bensch

    Kaapstad beste vakansie stad in wereld ek moet gereeld daar kom dit is soos mana in die woestyn. Doen so voort ek sal die stad altyd prys as die beste.

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    Andrea Fivaz

    What a fabulous idea. Great initiative for attracting tourists and people that can’t walk far. Thumbs up

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    I’m sure they will be a huge hit with tourists!

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    Tuks are not new to Cape Town! Why did the last fleet of tuk tuks not get the support from council? those guys were awesome with a great business but they had to stop cause council/government gave them grief.

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    Excellent, about time. We really need a fleet to do Chapmans Peak too