Taxi driver transported kids while 8 times over limit

2010-10-08 14:55

A Cape Town taxi driver transporting school pupils was arrested after testing eight times over the alcohol limit.

The arrest happened on Friday morning at a roadblock set up in Keizergracht, District Six, in a bid to crack down on drivers transporting school children in unroadworthy vehicles.

The city’s undercover traffic unit, the “Ghost Squad”, arrested the driver when his breathalyser test recorded 0.88mg per 1 000ml of breath, compared to the legal maximum of 0.10mg.

“An adult passenger in the vehicle was also found to be under the influence of alcohol, after displaying unruly behaviour when confronted,” said city traffic services spokesperson Merle Lourens.

“The taxi was conveying school children aged between six and seven years.”

Eighteen of the taxi drivers transporting children and who were checked did not have valid driving licences and 11 had no professional driving permit.

Twenty-eight drivers were charged with overloading and 12 taxis were suspended due to mechanical defects.

In a VW Microbus taxi, officers found the rear seats had been removed to create additional seating space for children, while in another taxi there were two to three children per seat.

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