More taxi drivers arrested for driving on wrong side of road

2015-06-02 23:00


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Johannesburg - Four taxi drivers and a private driver have been arrested for driving on the wrong side of Jan Smuts Avenue in Randburg, the Johannesburg metro police said on Tuesday.

"This brings the total number to fourteen arrests  after a complaint was received last week of how taxi drivers were endangering other motorists by driving in the wrong side of Jan Smuts Avenue," spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said.

He said three taxi drivers had been given R1 000 traffic fines each, for negligent driving.

The area's ward councillor David Potter, who complained about the matter on Facebook, said the JMPD would not be able to monitor the situation around the clock due to a lack of officers and vehicles available in the ward and across the city. He encouraged motorists and residents to expose such behaviour themselves, through various channels.

"Following the action taken... I am thankful and encouraged by it and hope that it will be sustainable and that officers will manage this issue on an ongoing basis.

"Further to this incident, other residents in other parts of the city have also come out strongly exposing such behaviour."

It has become a habit for taxi drivers to drive into oncoming traffic if lanes moved too slowly in the mornings.

Minnaar has vowed that metro cops would continue to clamp down "until taxi drivers refrain from driving on the wrong side of the road during peak morning traffic".

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