Taxi problems tackled

2016-05-31 06:00

With regard to letter published in People’s Post 17 May, “Taxis: nothing being done”, these are the actions that I as the ward councillor for Ward 72 have undertaken.

I have physically monitored the situation one morning between 05:30 and 08:00, captured all the registered numbers of offending taxis and passed it on to traffic and law enforcement.

I have regularly engaged with traffic and law enforcement who have had occasional roadblocks and issued fines.

I have met with the Retreat Taxi Association who informed me that the offenders are from the Capricorn area and that they are illegally operating along this route using Boundary Road, which is not on the official taxi route, as a short cut to Retreat station.

I have met with concerned residents and encouraged them to draft a petition highlighting their concerns.

I have engaged with Western Cape minister of transport and public works, Donald Grant, on the matter.

I have also monitored the route along School Way one morning and observed and reported the offences to the City’s traffic department who responded by having an early morning operation.

I have submitted an application for traffic calming along Boundary Road and School Way that is currently receiving attention. Speed humps along School Way have already been approved.

I trust that the above is sufficient to highlight that as the ward councillor I have done all I can, and will continue to monitor the situation.

Kevin Southgate City of Cape Town

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