Taxis impounded for bad ‘behaviour’

Law enforcement impounded 82 taxis on Sunday.

Fourteen minibus- and 68 sedan taxis were impounded during operations along Nelson Mandela Boulevard, in the CBD, in Sea Point and the V&A Waterfront.

“We have been engaging the Western Cape Government for the last decade to pass new legislation to ensure that we can do effective enforcement around taxi behaviour, as the current legislation makes it almost impossible for enforcement agencies to be effective. Even though we write thousands of fines every month it has little impact on their behaviour. The only viable solution is to start impounding minibus taxis for traffic violations and the new provincial traffic legislation which will be passed in the upcoming months, will do precisely that. This is testimony to the doggedness with which we have pursued finding an effective solution for this problem,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.