Attempts to nail down bad driving

2019-09-10 06:00
From left are Bernie Lawrence (resident), Mark Kleinschmidt and Christopher Lane (Rondebosch East Civic Association secretary and ward committee representative)

From left are Bernie Lawrence (resident), Mark Kleinschmidt and Christopher Lane (Rondebosch East Civic Association secretary and ward committee representative)

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Unlawfulness of taxi drivers and ward allocation budget expenditure were the centre of attention at the community meeting chaired by ward 60 councillor, Mark Kleinschmidt, recently.

Kleinschmidt said the meeting was the first of its kind even though he usually calls community meetings to touch base. He said the behaviour of taxi drivers on the road needs to be urgently addressed.

“They (taxi drivers) deviate from taxi routes, disobeying road signs which then causes traffic congestion. That is an infringement of traffic services,” he explained.

He said one of the measures the City put in place to address this issue was the erection of “No taxi” signs in various areas.

The intention is to make life pleasurable for all road users he explained.

Kleinschmidt praised the neighbourhood watch groups for continuously rendering services which he described as “sterling”. He also added he was impressed with their work because they do it without getting any remuneration.

He explained that the ward allocation assigned to ward councillors is merely to top-up capital.

He said it is also part of the operational expenditure allocated to the myriad of services offered by the City.

The Lansdowne community policing forum chairperson, Rafique Foflonker, spoke briefly about crime trends in the area. He said the intersection of Belgravia and Tafel Road is one of the crime hotspots and that residents should be careful when they are in that area. “People need to take precaution and report all the criminal activities, even the attempted ones,” he said.

He said when people report crime, it helps to update statistics which also help when it comes to locating resources.

The meeting that took place at the Lansdowne civic centre was organised by Kleinschmidt and the executive mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato.

Plato was not able to attend.

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