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Operation Ke Molao: Over 20 taxi drivers without PDPs arrested

Over 130 motorists have also been fined for different offences including failing to wear seatbelts.

FILE: More than 100 unroadworthy taxis have been impounded and owners will have to pay all outstanding fines before the vehicles are released. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says at least 20 taxi drivers have been arrested across Gauteng for driving without public driver's permits.

As part of Operation Ke Molao, Metro Police officers from across the province have been strategically stationed on the roads, where they've also fined more than 130 motorists for different offences including failing to wear seatbelts and using cellphones while driving.

More than 100 unroadworthy taxis have been impounded and owners will have to pay all outstanding fines before the vehicles are released.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane says investigations are also being conducted on the vehicles, to establish whether they were involved in the commission of crime or were involved in crashes for which the drivers were not held accountable.

"This is all done to ensure that we remove all the unroadworthy vehicles from the roads and we reduce the risks of crashes, injuries and possible deaths to the people of Gauteng."