City of CT operation sees more than 200 taxis impounded

The City has impounded more than 200 taxis and made several arrests during operations focused on drunk driving and illegal drag-racing.

City of Cape Town officials seen during an operation. Picture: City of Cape Town/

CAPE TOWN - More than 200 taxis have been impounded by the City of Cape Town since last week.

Officials say taxis without the required operating licences were targeted in the city's northern and southern suburbs.

The city’s JP Smith says that a taxi driver tried to evade arrest.

“A taxi driver caused absolute mayhem. He tried to evade our officers after they pulled him over. Not only did he take our officers through a wild chase in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill, he also collided with three vehicles in the process. Someone could have been seriously hurt.

“This incident is yet another example that running from the law causes more problems. What would have been an arrest for operating without a permit escalated into a much more serious charge sheet, all because he failed to cooperate.”

There are 354 public transport vehicles in the City’s Maitland pound: 227 minibuses, five midibuses, four buses, and 118 sedans, according to the city.

The city’s Ghost Squad meanwhile held numerous operations focusing on drunk driving and illegal drag-racing in Plumstead, Bellville South and Milnerton. They arrested 11 motorists for reckless and negligent driving, one for excessive speed, and 16 for driving while intoxicated. Officers also issued 3,034 fines.

“There was a big drag-racing event at Killarney on Saturday, 8 July 2017. We were reasonably satisfied with the behaviour of all concerned during and after the event. While the city encourages motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy their pastime in a safe and controlled environment, city traffic officers are still obligated to act against anyone found to be in contravention of the National Road Traffic Act.

“Officers deployed for the Killarney event stopped and took action against the drivers of 20 illegally modified vehicles, of which 16 failed to display registration plates. We also want to remind motorists that vehicles modified for racing are not allowed on public roads and should be transported via trailer or flatbed truck to events.”

Officials also arrested 10 motorists for driving while intoxicated and 14 for outstanding warrants. They served 67 warrants and released 25 others on a warning.

In addition to this, the Metro Police Department arrested 26 suspects in the last week – 12 for drunk driving, nine for possession of drugs, three for robbery, one for failing to comply with a lawful instruction, and one for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Officers also arrested a man on Friday 7 July 2017 in the Hanover Park area.

It’s understood that they searched him and found a .357 Magnum Taurus revolver and six .38 special cartridges in his possession. The 24-year-old suspect, who was found to be affiliated to a local gang, was detained at the Philippi police station.

In another incident, authorities were driving along Vanguard Drive when they saw a vehicle skip a red traffic light and moving into oncoming traffic.

Officers also spotted two men going after the vehicle. They jumped out and approached the car and the driver then indicated that the men had tried to hijack her. Officers gave chase, but lost the suspects as they disappeared into the nearby informal settlement. It’s understood they returned to the motorist and escorted her to her destination.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)