Following a barrage of listeners complaint about the reckless driving of minibus taxi drivers in Cape Town, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Merle Lourens, Head of transport enforcement for the City of Cape Town traffic services.
Listeners related first-hand accounts of how traffic officers on site leave reckless taxi drivers to do as they please while continuing to check drivers licenses and seat belts of other motorists on the road.
According to Lourens, the transport enforcement Unit was specifically set up to deal with public transport law enforcement issues.
She says although the traffic officers on the road have the power to easily deal with reckless driving taxi drivers, it is not their main focus.
Unfortunately we cannot be at every intersection where you would like us to be. If we had that amount of staff by all means you will see us at every street corner, but we simply cant do it.— Merle Lourens, Head of transport enforcement for City of Cape Town
Lourens explained the laws around impounding taxis and said most of the time it is not within their power to do so. The pounds are full she added.
We identify certain areas where we have specific problems and we deal with it as such.— Merle Lourens, Head of transport enforcement for City of Cape Town
Listeners called in and disagreed, saying they see traffic officers blatantly ignoring taxi drivers breaking traffic laws.
Listen below to hear how the City deals with taxi drivers who drive recklessly: