- JMPD officials removed 26 ‘skorokoro’ or junk taxis from Johannesburg’s roads on Tuesday
- The operation took place in Rosettenville in the south of Johannesburg
- JMPD officials some of the impounded taxis had been reported stolen by their original owners
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has removed 26 ‘skorokoro’ taxis from Johannesburg’s roads. The operation took place in Rosettenville in the south of the city on Tuesday.
None of the taxis had the correct license disks and all were in an unroadworthy condition.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said all of the vehicles were unfit for the road and some were in an absolutely shocking condition. “Some of the taxis which had wires dangling on their steering wheels and with tattered chairs and everything is just falling apart,” said Minnaar.
Briefly.co.za discovered that usually the JMPD took vehicles suspected of being unfit for the road back to a testing station before either being released or being impounded. Minnaar said, in this case, most of the vehicles were taken straight to the impound lot.
Minnaar revealed that a number of impounded taxis had been reported as stolen or hijacked by their original owners. “The so-called new owners of the taxis are facing arrest as soon as they come to claim their cars back.”
Johannesburg commuters have lauded the JMPD for taking action against taxi owners and for removing the vehicles from the road.
One commuter said it was time for taxi operators to realise their business was not only about making money but also about passenger safety and taking care of their clients.
“We don’t want to be seen as just a R5 coin or a R20 banknote,” he said.
The JMPD said similar operations were planned in other parts of the city.
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