62 people... in 1 taxi

2011-02-17 14:22

A taxi driver was caught today with 62 passengers in his 21-seater taxi, near Buffelspoort in North West, the province’s public safety department said.

Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said the driver was taking three teachers and 59 school children to the Kloof Waters Intermediate School, outside Marikana.

“This means that the taxi (was) loaded almost three times over its legal limit,” Kgwele said.

The 34-year-old taxi driver was arrested at 7.30am on the old Pretoria-Rustenburg road.

He did not have a driver’s licence, a public driving permit or an operating licence.

He was taken to the Marikana police station and was expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates Court later today, Kgwele said.

He said the North West provincial road traffic management unit was focusing on overloaded school transport and illegal operations as part of its “Operation juggernaut” crackdown. 

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