Ghost Squad tackles taxis

More than 200 taxis have been impounded by the City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad in the past few weeks in an operation to stop people from driving without permits.

The blitz has paid dividends with 3 034 fines being issued in the Milnerton, Plumstead and Bellville South areas.

Traffic officers were quick to crack the whip against drivers who did not abide with the National Road Safety Act. A total of 11 motorists were arrested for reckless driving, one for excessive speeding and 16 for driving under the influence.

“There was a big drag-racing event at Killarney on Saturday July 8. We were reasonably satisfied with the behaviour of all concerned during and after the event. While the City encourages motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy their pastime in a safe and controlled environment, City traffic officers are still obligated to act against anyone found to be in contravention of the National Road Traffic Act,” said JP Smith, the Mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services.

“Officers deployed for the Killarney event stopped and took action against the drivers of 20 illegally modified vehicles, of which 16 failed to display registration plates. We also want to remind motorists that vehicles modified for racing are not allowed on public roads and should be transported via trailer or flatbed truck to events,”said Mr Smith.