Taxis are an important mode of transport in South Africa, transporting millions of passengers to their destinations. The City’s traffic service had undertaken a number of operations in recent weeks. According to IOL, they not only impounded 80 vehicles in the Bellville, Belhar and Brackenfell area but also operated in the southern peninsula, impounding 139 vehicles, 68 arrests and issued more than 9000 fines.
As this industry generates R90 billion annually, it becomes difficult to contest such a fast-growing transport mode. However, recently an incident took place in 5th Avenue, Grassy Park where officers pulled over a taxi driver who admitted to not having a drivers licence. After all the passengers exited the taxi, the driver sped off and sent officers scurrying through Grassy Park and back towards Lavender Hill. The taxi driver collided with three vehicles at the intersection of Prince George Drive says IOL.
After fleeing the scene, he was found hiding in Lavender Hill and arrested for reckless and negligent driving, resisting arrest, and evading the scene of an accident. Reckless and negligent driving contributes to the expanding death toll as more than 14 000 people died on South African roads in 2016.
Meanwhile, Ghost Squad focused on drunk driving and illegal drag-racing in the Plumstead, Bellville South and Milnerton area. 11 motorists were arrested for reckless and negligent driving, one for excessive speed, and 16 for driving while intoxicated IOL mentions.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith responded to the drag-racing event at Killarney on Saturday saying “While the City encourages motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy their pastime in a safe and controlled environment, City traffic officers are still obligated to act against anyone found to be in contravention of the National Road Traffic Act.
“Officers at the Killarney event stopped and took action against the drivers of 20 illegally modified vehicles, of which 16 failed to display registration plates” he added.