Taxi driver clocked at 151km/h

2012-02-13 16:10

Two KwaZulu-Natal taxi drivers have been arrested for speeding.

Department of transport spokesman Logan Maistry said one of the drivers was caught driving at 151km/h and the other at 141km/h.

Maistry said: “Both drivers were arrested on Saturday (February 11, 2012) near the Tongaat River Bridge. The maximum permissible speed for a minibus taxi is 100km/h,” he said.

Both men would appear in court, he added.

Maistry said police arrested 8507 drivers in January 2012 as part of the ongoing million-a-month vehicle check instituted by transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele. 

  • dean.m.w.za - 2012-02-14 07:23

    What's new? Driving on the N2 towards Khayelitsha in the morning doing 130km/h and I have taxis going past me (actually flying past me) so I would estimate they doing about the same speed. Don't see our local traffic cops pulling them off or catching them, after all it's easier to hide in the bushes with my camera while I sleep in my van

      tatsee - 2012-02-14 11:03

      Is that a confession to over-speeding you have just made???

  • Trevor - 2012-02-14 07:39

    Goto East Londons side and you'll make a KILLING in fines from there to Bisho...the road to those animals is just a piece of tar, there are no rules, you play chicken around every blind bend and blind horizon...speedlimit..road worthy cars/taxi's...what a joke, it's like another country the nearer you get to Bisho.

  • Kon - 2012-02-14 10:30

    I have seen them doing those speeds in 80 and 100 kph zones in and around JHB. I would worry more about their ability to stop from 150 plus kph!

  • lee.venter - 2012-02-14 16:06

    So he was slowing down then...

  • Achmad - 2012-02-15 16:57

    The main issue is not the speeding taxi drivers but their poor passengers. Unfortunately these thugs do not care about the feelings of their passenger by the overloading,speeding, hard braking and fast cornering. To be poor in SA is to not have any choice but to be forced to climb into these deathtraps, if you need to go to hospital,school,work or anywhere else. I have asked a work colleague who is forced to take a taxi in Johannesburg about her experiences - she tells me that she prays all the way from the start of the journey until she gets out of the taxi.

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