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2017-06-19 14:06

Cape Town - A minibus taxi has been impounded after a run-in with the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service. The driver's offence? Cramming 32 passengers into his vehicle. 
 

Officers on point duty, at the intersection of Chestnut Way and Erica Drive in Belhar, spotted the driver committing several violations of the National Road Traffic Act.

When they stopped the vehicle, they found it contained 32 passengers – 14 of them standing. 
 
To make matters worse, the driver was unlicensed and operating in contravention of his operating licence, which resulted in the vehicle being impounded and his arrest.


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The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith said: "This is an absolutely shocking incident. While I understand that there is immense pressure on the public transport system as well as the people who rely on it to get to work, there is no excuse for this type of behaviour. I shudder to think of the consequences if that vehicle had to be in a collision.

"I appeal to the public to please steer clear of overloaded vehicles, for their own safety and that of others. Incidents like these do nothing for the reputation of the taxi industry and so I also call on owners and associations to address this type of lawlessness."

Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck responds: "I believe this underlines the importance of effective visible traffic enforcement as only effective visible enforcement would be able to remove these 'death traps' from our roads!

"We feel for these commuters who may struggle at times to find other means of transportation and who are often left with the choice of either getting on-board or getting home much later."

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