Long distance taxis, busses, going unchecked

Operations at a Philippi testing station have been disrupted by a civil rights group.

Commuters eager to travel to Eastern Cape for holidays. Some vehicles however have not been checked. Picture: EWN/ Siyabonga Sesant

CAPE TOWN - Traffic officials at a Cape Town vehicle testing centre say they have not tested a single long distance taxi or bus since last week.

Operations at the Joe Gqabi Roadworthy Testing Station in Philippi were disrupted when a civil rights group threatened to burn down vehicles.

The Ses'khona People's Rights Movement says impatient travellers have complained that officials take too long to conduct the tests.

The Joe Gqabi station is quiet except for a few traffic officials standing about.

There are no vehicles waiting to be checked.

Meanwhile dozens of mostly unchecked vehicles parked on the premises are busy loading passengers who are eager to get to various destinations in the Eastern Cape.