Cape Town publishes new traffic laws to crack down on reckless taxis and Uber drivers


The City of Cape Town has published its amended Traffic Ordinance, which it says will help regulate public transport and traffic in the city.

The amended traffic ordinance was circulated in October 2019 for public participation and asked for more than 1,800 comments, it said.

The amended regulation provides for the impoundment of vehicles in certain cases, including:

  • When the vehicle was involved in reckless or negligent driving or illegal street racing;
  • The driver is under the influence of alcohol;
  • The driver is not licensed;
  • The driver ignores an instruction to stop or stop, resulting in a chase;
  • The vehicle is not registered, has an expired registration certificate older than 90 days, is not roadworthy or has been abandoned.
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The city’s mayoral committee for safety and security, JP Smith, said the amended ordinance now includes a section specifically targeting public transportation vehicles — including minibus taxis and taxi drivers operating in the e-hailing industry, such as Uber and Bout. .

Previous legislation was found to be lacking and often allowed violators to easily evade enforcement actions, resulting in a blatant disregard for traffic rules, with very limited consequences that did not change the driving behavior of public transport drivers, the city said.

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“For years we have literally chased offenders who drive recklessly and carelessly, some of whom regularly commit the same reckless driving offenses on the road, whether on their way to work or a night out.

“Despite the increase in enforcement, bad driving continues to thrive. The changes to this regulation should go a long way in reducing reckless driving by all motorists, as well as those who use public roads for racing, which pose a serious and often life-threatening risk to other road users,” Smith said. .

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“The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that our limited enforcement resources can take enforcement actions that matter and have consequences that cause bad drivers to change their behavior.”

The municipality indicates that the next steps include training and information meetings for enforcers about the practical application and enforcement of the amended regulation.

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