Illegally parked taxis impounded, owners protest

2014-05-09 00:00

PROTESTERS clashed with police during a taxi protest over illegal parking on First Avenue in Greyville, Durban, yesterday.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said that the incident took place after 17 taxis were impounded after parking illegally on the street.

“After the taxis were impounded, people were not happy and decided to embark on an illegal protest by blockading the road. We were forced to engage with them and find out what the issue was.

“They said that taxi ranks are too small and become congested leaving no parking space available, and that we should understand. They said that at taxi ranks there was an overflow of taxis and they had been forced to park outside the ranks in some areas,” he said.

Msomi added that police could not allow illegal parking due to the effects it would have on traffic on the road. “If illegal parking takes place it leads to accidents. We referred them to the Department of Infrastructure which runs the eThekwini transport authority,” he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

“The taxi owners blocked the road with burning tyres to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. No damages were reported and no arrests made,” he said.

Msomi said that a meeting between the taxi owners and the eThekwini Municipality was scheduled to take place today to discuss their grievances.

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