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Taxi enforcement operations net thousands of scofflaws
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
21 JULY 2019
Taxi enforcement operations net thousands of scofflaws
Over a two-and-a half month period, there’ve been more than 3 000 arrests for warrants totaling R31 million and more than 919 vehicles impounded. Read more below:
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The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has further ramped up its taxi operations.
Faced with an avalanche of complaints about the behaviour of public transport operators, taxi drivers in particular, the department has been tackling the issue on a number of fronts.
Aside from regular daily enforcement, Operation Reclaim has also been stepped up to track down warrant scofflaws, and a series of taxi blitz operations have been in play since 22 May 2019, which sees the Traffic Service – supported by the Law Enforcement and Metro Police Departments – focus on transgressions in hot spot areas, identified through the number of complaints received.
Between May and mid-July, officers have arrested 3 336 taxi drivers with 13 568 outstanding warrants between them, valued at just over R31 million.
In some of the latest incidents this week:
During the same period, 919 minibus taxis have been impounded – either because the driver did not have an operating license, or was contravening the conditions of their license.
On average, minibus taxis remain in the pound for four days, with the longest period of impoundment being 49 days.
The City of Cape Town’s impoundment release fee structure for vehicle impoundments is outlined below:
Since the launch of the taxi blitz, one minibus taxi has been impounded three times in the space of three-and-a-half weeks.
‘Based on our impoundment release fee structure, the driver or owner of this vehicle forked out a total of R32 000 to get the vehicle back. When next it gets impounded, he will be hit with another hefty impoundment release fee, but clearly, the money is not an issue. This is why we have continuously advocated for permanent impoundments.
‘To be clear, the impounding of a vehicle comes with a lot of administration and takes officers off the roads for the duration of the process. To have the vehicle back on the road within a matter of hours or days, with the driver continuing with their unlawful behaviour, is utter madness and completely defeats the purpose. The taxi industry is a crucial cog in the public transport wheel, but it needs to do better, both for its passengers, but also the safety of fellow road users. In the absence of that we need stronger laws to tackle this issue once and for all,’ added Alderman Smith.
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‘These fines exclude speeding offences, so it really does give one a sense of the level of lawlessness that happens on our roads on a daily basis. The statistics also debunk the perception that our enforcement agencies do not act against taxi operators. We have very limited resources that are stretched to capacity given the demands on them. Furthermore, this does not even represent the enforcement done against other road users, who are by no means innocent, so it certainly provides some perspective on what exactly we are up against,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The Traffic Service has also impounded 2 426 public transport vehicles since July 2017 – an average of 269 a month. Of these, 71% of drivers did not have an operating licence and the rest were operating in contravention of their operating licences.
‘Impoundment is a massive logistical exercise for us as the vehicle has to be driven to the pound by a traffic officer and the necessary documentation completed, which is time consuming. When one considers that the vehicle reclaim rate among public transport operators is 98%, it does make impoundment seem like a revolving door as the vehicle is back on the street virtually the same day or the next. We need to hurt errant operators where it hurts and that is permanent impoundment, but currently the law does not allow for this and the City simply enforces the law, we do not make it. We have been working with the Provincial Government to expedite the conclusion of the new Provincial Traffic legislation that would allow for more effective enforcement strategies, including impoundment of vehicles for traffic offences committed by public transport vehicles rather than issuing fines which are often evaded,’ added Alderman Smith.
In spite of the enforcement efforts designed to create a safer city as outlined in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, many motorists simply refuse to pay their outstanding fines. Currently, the top 100 public transport ‘warrant dodgers’ have amassed more than 2 800 outstanding warrants amounting to R3 339 360.
‘This is not surprising, but we are working hard to improve our warrant execution rates and holding motorists accountable for their actions. We have seen an increase in the number of people arrested and hopefully, in the medium- to longer term, we will start seeing this intervention having an impact on the behaviour of road users. In fact, we have already started seeing an increase in our traffic fine income, which is a sign that more people are paying their fines because they realise that there is a risk of being caught.
‘With this week’s national bus strike, many people will be reliant on the minibus-taxi industry to get to work and school. I call on operators to be mindful of their passengers’ safety, but also to have consideration for other road users. Nearly a third of the fines issued in the last quarter were for driver fitness. Taxi owners and associations need to reassess who they are allowing behind the wheel, considering the many lives those drivers have in their hands every day,’ said Alderman Smith.
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