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Five traffic offences that may soon get your car impounded by the City of CT

The City of Cape Town is revising its traffic by-laws to include many more reasons to impound your vehicle if you're pulled over.

Picture: Supplied.

The City of Cape Town has published amended traffic by-laws that aim to impose stricter sanctions on traffic offenders.

Cape Town is the only city in South Africa that has a traffic by-law.

The by-law was first introduced in 2011 to provide for the regulation of public transport vehicles and traffic within the City’s jurisdiction.

The original by-law focused on impounding cellphones of motorists caught using their devices while driving.

The revised traffic by-law, which is now open for public comment, will also give traffic officers the power to impound your car.

In the amended by-laws, e-hailing vehicles such as Uber and Bolt will have to be branded.

The draft by-laws also make provision for the impoundment of vehicles for several offences, including:

  • Reckless driving or illegal street racing.
  • Driving without a licence.
  • If the vehicle licence has been expired for more than 90 days.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • If the vehicle is unregistered or not fitted with licence plates.

The city's JP Smith says that impoundment will be used as an alternative enforcement mechanism to traffic fines.

We made a traffic by-law some years ago. We did one innovative thing in that by-law, which was cellphone impoundment. Now we're proceeding to the next draft.

JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town

Fines are an ineffectual mechanism and we have to slow the carnage on our roads.

JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town

Click here to read and have your say on the draft by-laws.

Comments and objections may be submitted from 30 September until 30 October 2019.

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Five traffic offences that may soon get your car impounded by the City of CT