Taxi driver reverses himself straight into trouble

2015-08-17 15:36

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Cape Town - One of five motorists arrested for reckless and negligent driving this weekend was transporting a minibus taxi full of passengers when he collided with another vehicle – while reversing down a road in Cape Town to avoid a road block.

A clampdown on illegal street racing also saw fines issued to more than 200 unlicensed drivers, the city of Cape Town said on Monday.

A record of 46 vehicles were suspended for being unroadworthy, according to a statement from the municipality.

"Cape Town Traffic Services had a busy Sunday, conducting an enforcement operation in the Belhar area. Officers shut down Erica Drive and Eddison Road to prevent illegal street racers from congregating at Pentech Station," the statement said.

They made 10 arrests for drunken driving, three for reckless and negligent driving and recorded 460 speeding offences along Robert Sobukwe Drive and Stellenbosch Arterial Road respectively.

"It’s scary to think how many people are on our roads without the legal right to [be there]," said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith.

"I take cognisance of the fact that not having a license is not necessarily indicative of a person’s ability to drive a car, but should that person be involved in an incident while behind the wheel, they are likely to get into a world of trouble.

"It’s also not fair to other road users who abide by the law and go through the hard yards of getting their license," Smith said.

Cape Town Traffic also arrested 70 other motorists for drunken driving at various roadblocks across the metropole, including on Kommetjie Road and in Langa and Durbanville.

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