- The Gauteng Traffic Police's Public Transport Intervention unit has impounded 29 Bajaj compact quadricycles in Johannesburg
- The department says the small vehicles were being used for public transportation without proper permits in areas like Joburg CBD
- South Africans are happy about the impoundments and want the tiny vehicles off the road permanently
JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Traffic Police Public Transport Intervention unit is cleaning up the streets of the City of Joburg after the sudden rise of small motor vehicles known as Bajaj.
The unit has impounded 29 'cars' from Friday, 18 August to Tuesday, 22 August.
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Motor vehicles taken off the roads for operating illegally
In a statement seen by Briefly News, spokesperson Sello Maremane says the vehicles were undertaking public transportation without valid operating licenses.
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Most of these cars were found transporting the public in Joburg CBD, Braamfontein, Westbury and Noordgesig. Maremane stated that most of the drivers ran away and abandoned their vehicles when confronted by officers.
Gauteng Traffic Department urges drivers to get licences
Maremane explained that operating a public transport service without a licence or permit is prohibited under the National Land Transport Act.
The Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson added that not only is it illegal to operate without a licence, it could lead to turf wars with taxi drivers. Maremane urges the Bajaj drivers to apply for valid operating licences.
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“The Gauteng Traffic Police call upon the owners to refrain from using these vehicles as public transport without valid operating licenses. This kind of practice may also lead to taxi conflict which often result in loss of lives,” said Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson.
Maremane added that his department will continue to act against anyone engaged in illegal practices.
South Africans welcome the impoundments
"Imagine right after saying “Baby, I’m going to fetch you after work” and your tin size is impounded."
"Thank goodness. We can't have this rubbish on our roads, man."
"Joburg was about to look like Mumbai with this lawless drivers."
"They should just ban these bloody ugly things."
Joburg woman ends up in Bajaj after requesting a ride
Briefly News previously reported that a Johannesburg hun shared how she rode in a Bajaj quadricycle after she requested a Bolt to take her to her destination.
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The woman's post received strong reactions from netizens who said they would never ride in a Bajaj for any reason.
The Bajaj has been making its rounds on TikTok for being the latest vehicle Bolt has added to their fleet of cars.
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Source: Briefly News