Taxi driver arrested for transporting 26 people in 16-seater

A cross-border taxi driver has been arrested for transporting 26 passengers in a 16-seater. Road traffic management corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane said the driver was arrested on the N4 highway during a stop-and-check operation.

“Upon further investigation, it was also discovered 14 occupants in the taxi were undocumented foreign nationals,” he said.

“The driver is currently detained at the Silverton police station and will face charges relating to contravening the cross-border act, operating a motor vehicle contrary to the conditions of his permit and transporting undocumented persons.”

Zwane said the vehicle has since been impounded for further investigation on other offences that might have been committed.

RTMC CEO Makhosini Msibi expressed deep concern at the “state of vehicles that are cramming vulnerable passengers following details of a video doing rounds on social media early this year which saw 46 passengers overloaded in a 16-seater”.

“Overloaded vehicles not only cause damage to road infrastructure and to your vehicle, but they also put you and other road users at risk,” Msibi said.


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