- The driver of a cross-border taxi has been arrested in Limpopo after the vehicle was found to have double the legal limit of passengers
- 44 passengers had been found inside the 22-seater minibus, seven of which had been children
- The driver of the taxi had also not been in possession of the legally required PDP licence
The driver of a cross-border taxi has been arrested by Limpopo traffic officials after 44 passengers were found in a 22-seater minibus.
Matome Moremi-Taueatsoala, spokesperson for the Department of Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo confirmed that the vehicle had been stopped on the N1 just outside of Polokwane.
The vehicle had been en route to Zimbabwe from Johannesburg and had been carrying seven children.
The spokesperson revealed that the driver of the taxi had not possessed a PDP ( Professional Driver Permit) and had been arrested for driving the overloaded vehicle.
The MEC for Transport and Community Safety warned road users that overloaded vehicles continue to be a very serious issue and the cause of tyre bursts which in turn increase fatalities on the roads.
Moremi-Taueatsoala urged road users to be vigilant and encouraged traffic officers to take a ‘no-nonsense’ approach in dealing with malicious vehicles who are responsible for numerous accidents.
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