‘Drivers get roadworthy certificates illegally’

Robin Carlisle

Cape Town traffic officers say thousands of drivers get their roadworthy certificates illegally. 

On Friday, about 60 officers hit the streets of Hout Bay as part of a nationwide blitz on scholar transport. 

This comes after last week’s horror bus crash outside Knysna in which 14 children and the driver died. 

Traffic officers told Eyewitness News they call it “Dial a Roadworthy”. 

Drivers simply SMS a photo of their vehicle and license plate to private roadworthy centres, pay up, and get the necessary certificate. 

And the blitz proved their suspicions. 

A number of drivers did not even have drivers’ licenses, yet transported children to school on a daily basis. 

Western Cape Transport MEC, Robin Carlisle, said it is a major concern. 

“We’ve heard reports of gross overcrowding of the taxis, driving extremely recklessly and very fast between Imizamo Yethu and we are taking action,” he said. 

He added traffic officers will be dispatched to different schools every week for the foreseeable future.

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