Gauteng authorities crack down on unroadworthy taxis

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Traffic authorities in Gauteng have vowed to crack down on unroadworthy public transport in a bid to curb the carnage on the roads. A number of drivers were arrested and at least 50 taxis impounded.

JOHANNESBURG - Traffic authorities in Gauteng have vowed to crack down on unroadworthy public transport in a bid to curb the carnage on the roads.

A number of drivers were arrested and at least 50 taxis impounded during a sting operation around Johannesburg on Friday.

One driver was caught transporting schoolchildren in an unroadworthy taxi.

His driver’s license had expired in 2013 and his taxi had a broken accelerator cable.  

Most drivers cite poverty and unemployment as the main reason they knowingly break the law.

Commuters and schoolchildren were left stranded and frustrated.  

Authorities say they will intensify their routine checks targeting public passenger transport.

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