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New car impound laws in Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has amended its traffic by-law, making provisions for the impoundment of vehicles under certain situations.

According to a report by BusinessTech, the amendments will help to better regulate public transport vehicles and traffic within the city.

The traffic by-law, first introduced in 2011, provides for the regulation of public transport vehicles and traffic within the City’s jurisdiction in line with national legislation.

After being reviewed by the City’s Safety and Security Portfolio Committee, the amended by-law was made available for public participation in October 2019, where it received more than 1,800 comments.

Amended vehicle impound rules

The amended traffic by-law has a new section that focuses directly on public transport vehicles.

This includes minibus taxis as well as those operating in the e-hailing sector, such as Uber and Bolt.

The amended by-law makes provisions for more situations in which a vehicle can now be impounded, including when:

  • The driver is unlicensed
  • The driver is under the influence of alcohol
  • The driver disobeys an instruction to stop or pull over, resulting in a pursuit
  • The vehicle was involved in reckless or negligent driving, or illegal street racing
  • The vehicle is unregistered, has an expired licence disc older than 90 days, is not roadworthy, or has been abandoned

“Previous legislation proved to be lacking and often allowed offenders to easily bypass enforcement action, resulting in a blatant disregard for road rules, with very limited consequences that failed to change the driving behaviour of public transport drivers,” said JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“Despite the increase in enforcement, bad driving behaviours continue to flourish. The amendments to this by-law should go a long way towards curbing reckless driving by all motorists, as well as those who use the public roads for racing, who pose a serious and often life-threatening risk to other road users.”

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