City Traffic Services has clamped down on unroadworthy taxis. At a vehicle check point held by Operation Reclaim on 24 April, at the N2 weighbridge, a clearly defective mini bus taxi was found to have a roadworthy certificate issued on 4 April 2009 by an examiner employed at Culemborg Automobile Vehicle Testing Station.
Officers immediately suspended the taxi and had a roadworthy test conducted at the Goodwood Traffic branch. It was found to have defective brakes, excessive play on the steering, smooth tyres, a cracked windscreen; body rust, torn seats and no inside door handles
Supporting documents were forwarded to the Inspectorate of the Department of Transport for investigation and an examiner was suspended with immediate effect on 29 April 2009.
"Cape Town's commuters should be assured of a safe trip when travelling by public transport, says Merle Lourens, media spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services. "Driving an unsafe or suspended vehicle, such as this taxi, is dangerous and poses a threat to other road users as well.
"For the past two days, special public transport roadblocks were held in Halt Road, Elsies River and on Lansdowne Road, Claremont where two taxis were confiscated. One had passed a roadworthy test at a private testing centre in Johannesburg a month ago, and the other on 5 February at the Universal Roadworthy Station in Hanover Park. Both were found to be mechanically unsound with numerous defects including double ignition systems, body panels welded together, canvas exposed on the tyres, speedometer and lights not working and the passenger door being held together with a piece of rope. The Inspectorate of the Department of Transport is investigating both incidents", said Lourens.
"At these roadblocks, 27 people were arrested on 130 warrants of arrest to the value of R154 650," Lourens added.
NO. 272/ 2009
08 MAY 2009
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719
CHIEF INSPECTOR MERLE LOURENS
TEL: 021 918 2572 CELL: 072 200 1512