City's Traffic Officers Impounded Taxis in Fish Hoek | Western Cape Government


City's Traffic Officers Impounded Taxis in Fish Hoek

22 September 2009
Traffic officers were out at 06:00 on Tuesday, 22 September, to assess the extent to which illegal taxis are operating in the Fish Hoek area. Thirteen taxis were stopped and checked and the drivers of eight of these vehicles were found to be operating illegally. Various fines were issued for driving without a valid driving licence, failing to carry a licence in the vehicle and other offences.

"Eight taxis were impounded for not having transportation permits and these vehicles are being stored for safe-keeping at our pound in Ndabeni," says Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, media spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services.

"Taxi owners also face charges for permitting their employees to drive without licences. Dockets were opened at the Fish Hoek SAPS and the charges are being followed up," says Lourens.

The Ghost Squad also conducted a sting operation in Sacks Circle and Modderdam Road, Bellville, and in Sea Point, Camps Bay and Clifton, concentrating on reckless driving. Twenty nine cars were suspended from being operated on the road because of faulty brakes, smooth tyres and illegal or no number plates fitted. Seventeen motorists were charged for not wearing their safety belts and 92 speeding cases were recorded, with the highest speed being 117km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Three hundred and eighty-nine vehicles were checked for outstanding warrants and 15 drivers were warned to appear in Court.

Issued by:
Communication Department
City of Cape Town

Media Enquiries: 

Merle Lourens
Tel: 021 918 2572
Cell: 072 200 1512

Kevin Jacobs
Tel: 021 980 1257
Cell: 083 264 9661