October is transport month and also the City of Cape Town is proposing a raft of changes to its Traffic By-Law.In terms of the draft document, authorized officers might, within the interest and also the safety of the general public, while not previous written notice, impound vehicles wherever the:

  • Vehicle was concerned in reckless or negligent driving or extralegal street athletics
  • Vehicle is broken or is in a very state of unsoundness and is, within the opinion of the authorized official, not roadworthy;
  • Vehicle could be a taxi that is being operated in resistance of the conditions of approval its in operation license or off the approved route;
  • Vehicle has been left abandoned as per section 61;
  • Driver of the vehicle is unlicensed, or the driving force doesn’t have his or her driver’s license obtainable for inspection;
  • Driver of the vehicle is below the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect; or
  • Driver didn’t stop once signaled therefore by an authorized official leading to the driving force having to be pursued and compelled to stop;
  • Vehicle is unlicensed, or the license disc has been invalid for ninety days;
  • Vehicle is unregistered;
  • Vehicle isn’t fitted with license plates,

Moreover, the chapter managing conveyance operators currently includes a region that speaks specifically to the e-hailing sector. It needs drivers of e-hailing vehicles operational among the City’s jurisdiction to obviously show a tag distinguishing the vehicle in and of itself, at the side of a legitimate operational license.

Residents will build submissions on-line at WWW.capetown.gov.za or read the draft by-law at their native library or sub council workplace. Written submissions are delivered to the closest sub council workplace.

Mayoral member for safety and security, JP Smith, said: “We encourage members of the general public to completely interact with the draft document and to submit their comments timeously. Whereas the planned poundage of personal vehicles is probably going to be one in every of the key focus points, it extremely shouldn’t come back as a surprise. Seizure vehicles can possible build wrongdoers debate, however additional significantly, might probably save lives.

If you want to have a look at it, the amended draft by-law document is available here: http://bit.do/trafficbylaw

By Noni Nchwe