Source: Business Insider
This week, government gazetted new regulations for vehicle owners and public transport during the latest phase of the national lockdown.
The regulations, released on Monday, specified that no vehicles – either private or public transport – were allowed on the roads outside of 05:00 to 20:00, with a grace period of an hour, “to complete a journey”, to 21:00.
But on Wednesday, transport minister Fikile Mbalula gazetted a change to that regulation. Now, public transport – which includes minibus taxis – can operate from 05:00 to 19:00 only, with no mention of a grace period. Instead “the driver must ensure that the drop off is completed by 19:00.”
The section governing the permitted times of private vehicles on the road – a curious inclusion in regulations about public transport in the first place – has been deleted by the same amendment. This presumably means that private car owners can be on the road only till 20:00, when the national curfew starts.
Public transport will only be allowed outside of these hours if it is a chartered service for Level 4 workers, which has been arranged by an employer. The transport owners will have to present documentation to confirm this.
Under back-to-work rules some workers, including restaurant and delivery staff, are allowed to work until 19:00.
Uber has discussed collaborating with companies which collect driving and travel data for its analysis tool, Uber Movement.
This is according to Uber Movement product manager Jordan Gilbertson.
Uber Movement is a collection of data and software that analyses travel times between points in cities, and is available for free online.
The tool is aimed at urban planners, and Uber recently announced the addition of Johannesburg and Pretoria to Uber Movement.
While the service is currently limited to anonymised aggregate data that Uber collects, Gilbertson said they plan to add to the capabilities of the service.
He said there is an opportunity to incorporate telematics data such as sudden slow-downs caused by bumps and poor road surfaces.
They may also attach sensors to vehicles, and eventually use sensors on autonomous vehicles in a city.
These may include more advanced detectors such as LIDAR, which could help do pedestrian counts.
Gilbertson said Uber has discussed partnering with companies which collect travel data – such as Tracker and Discovery Insure.
“There are several international markets where we’re looking at this,” said Gilbertson.
Uber is also interested in partnerships with companies like Google and TomTom, which also collect data on travel times and traffic.
Open data like this is an incredibly powerful tool for city planning and it would be great if everyone would share information that could be used to improve cities, said Gilbertson.
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