CT minibus taxi blitz nets over R500,000 in fines

During a week-long operation held this week, 58 taxi drivers were arrested for contravening parts of the National Transport Act.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has issued fines totalling more than half a million rand in a blitz on minibus taxis.

The city’s officials continue to clamp down on taxi drivers in Table View and surrounding areas.

During a week-long operation held this week, 58 taxi drivers were arrested for contravening parts of the National Transport Act.

About 132 outstanding warrants were executed and fines totalling more than R500,000 were issued.

The city’s Director of Law Enforcement Robbie Roberts says several taxis were also impounded.

“A total of 30 taxis were impounded. For taxis that were impounded for the first time drivers are required to pay R7,500 to have it released, R10,000 for those that were impounded for the second time and R15,000 for third time offenders.”

Roberts adds that the city will try and have similar operations at least twice a month.

“We’ll try to sustain these types of operations. But we’re also focusing, not only by means of visible operations but also undercover operations, in that particular area and our aim is to address the complaints of the public.”

He urged residents to make use of the city's 107 number to log any complaints.

“They need to call our call centre and they can immediately log a complaint. They will have a reference number and we’ll follow up on the complaints.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)