Sea Point taxi driver taken to task for close call

2017-03-14 06:03

Sea Point motorists have been warned to be responsible drivers – or they could face criminal charges.

This after a resident highlighted traffic offences by opening a criminal case against a taxi driver.

Last week, former ward councillor and Sea Point resident Jacques Weber accused a taxi driver of reckless driving. He shared the incident on social media, which led to a radio interview.

The taxi driver allegedly crossed a solid line to overtake half a dozen cars, and nearly collided with oncoming traffic.

The incident was captured on camera, Weber says.

“I have personally laid a criminal case of reckless and negligent driving against the driver of this vehicle at the Sea Point Police Station. The driver endangered my life but, most importantly, the lives of so many other road users and his own passengers and for this justice must be served,” Weber states in a social media post.

Officials of the City of Cape Town referred all enquiries to the police.

Sea Point police spokesperson Captain Elizabeth Munro says the correct procedure is to open a criminal docket.

Community policing forum chairperson Heather Tager says to open a case, the complainant must go to the nearest police station and open a case docket with information on the vehicle’s registration number, type of vehicle, time, date and place of the incident and a description of the incident.

The docket will be investigated and all relevant documents and footage will be sent to court, Munro explains.

Tager adds that, depending on the severity of the case, a guilty driver could face up to six years’ prison and/or a fine.

Tager advises residents to open these cases, but she does caution that a reckless driving case would be when a driver has placed others’ lives in danger.

“Remember this may result in going to court,” she says. “Hopefully this would set an example and bring careless drivers into line and improve the congestion and road safety.”

Munro believes road safety will improve if more residents make a stand.

“[If more residents open cases], motorists will be more aware of the manner in which they drive on public roads, and that they will be held responsible.”

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