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City of Cape Town hits hard on motorists in transport blitz

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services have impounded more than 200 taxis since last week during a transport blitz, which was focused on operators without permits or those operating in contravention of their permits.

Roadblocks were conducted in Bellville, Belhar and Brackenfell.

Mayoral Committee member Alderman JP Smith said the exercise was also rolled out to the metro’s southern suburbs.

“A taxi driver caused absolute mayhem, he tried to evade our officers after being pulled over for not having an operating license. Not only did he take them on a wild chase through the Grassy Park and Lavender Hill area but he also collided with three cars in the process,” said Smith.

“When the officers eventually caught up with him, he was charged with reckless and negligent driving, resisting arrest, and fleeing the scene of an accident.”

There are 354 public transport vehicles in the City’s Maitland pound; 227 minibuses, 5 midibuses, 4 buses, and 118 sedans, according to the city.

The operation has seen more than 9 000 fines being issued to motorists, and 70 arrests.

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