Law enforcement to crack down on taxis

MINIBUS taxis and buses will receive special attention this week in a pre-festive season drive to ensure that public transport vehicles are roadworthy. According to statistics from Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), minibus vehicles and buses account for about 10 per cent of motor vehicles that get involved in fatal crashes on South Africa’s roads.

“Traffic chiefs from all provinces and major metros decided at a special National Road Safety Steering Committee meeting recently that traffic officers will go out this week to ensure public transport vehicles with major defects are removed from the road,” the RTMC said on Tuesday.

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Law enforcement officers will be adopting a no-nonsense approach and vehicles that are not roadworthy will be removed from the road.

“Drivers without driver’s licences will also be stopped and prevented from proceeding to operate the vehicle. [We] decided to clampdown on vehicles without number plates. A trend has been noticed where number plates are removed from motor vehicles to evade speed detection,” said RTMC.

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