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New CT Traffic Laws: This Will Happen To Your Car If You Flout Road Laws

In the bid to clamp down traffic offences, the City of Cape Town is planning to release a set of new CT traffic laws that would descend heavily on taxi drivers who flout road rules. According to the CT’s new traffic laws, traffic offenders will have their vehicles impounded if found guilty of violating any of the road laws. This, according to the city will add up to other listed traffic guidelines and penalties or fines for those who violate it.

The new CT traffic laws will help to broaden the conditions under which the city is allowed to penalize road offenders. Read Also: SA Speed Limit: How Ready Are You For The New Road Rules?[1] The following traffic violations could lead to a taxi being impounded according to the New CT traffic laws:

  • Reckless driving;
  • Overloading;
  • Speeding;
  • Driving under the influence;
  • Driving a unroadworthy vehicle;
  • Driving on the shoulder of the road;
  • Driving in an oncoming lane;
  • Disobeying traffic channelling lines;
  • Disobeying traffic signals, stop streets or pedestrian crossings;
  • Touting for passengers on a route;
  • Recklessly cutting in after passing a vehicle;
  • Operating without a valid driver’s licence or professional driving permit;
  • Hindering or obstructing traffic;
  • Parking or stopping vehicles illegally;
  • Leaving a vehicle abandoned on a road;
  • Use of a communications device while driving;

These changes in the traffic laws will take place through the changing of conditions in taxi operating permits, the city said, adding that all that remains in the process to enact the new laws is a public consultation process, and publishing the final laws in the government gazette.

The laws are expected to come into effect by December 2017. The city also said that the current enforcement has been ineffective and weak, with most fines simply not being paid. The change in legislation will allow it to take effective action against taxi drivers who simply ignore the set traffic laws, and put lives in danger.

Almost 4,800 taxis have been impounded by the city since 2016, IOL reported, with the number expected to increase massively when the new laws are in place. The new CT traffic laws for vehicle impoundments of serious traffic offenders was first announced and used by the government of the Western Cape which published a draft of the Western Cape Provincial Road Traffic Administration Amendment Bill, 2016, for public comment. The draft was to permit the impoundment of vehicles for certain serious road traffic offences and to encourage road safety through education, promotion and research activities.

The proposals in the bill include enabling the provincial minister to make regulations in respect of the impoundment of vehicles for certain road traffic offences; repealing the National Road Safety Act, 1972 (Act 9 of 1972) in the Western Cape and, in its place, adding provisions to the Western Cape Provincial Road Traffic Administration Act that will facilitate the promotion of road safety through educational, promotional and research activities. Read Also: Top 5 Most Terrific Road Accidents In South Africa[2] The Western Cape provincial Minister for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant had at that time said that if the proposed provisions for impoundment in respect of high-risk offences are passed, road traffic enforcement agencies in the province will be able to deal more effectively with serious transgressions of the road traffic laws.

If passed, the proposed provisions in respect of road traffic safety education and promotion will also go a long way to improving road safety in the Western Cape. “Together, these proposed amendments are expected to make a significant contribution to bringing down the unacceptably high rates of road traffic crashes, injury and deaths in the Western Cape,” Grant concluded saying. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that taxis, traffic and pot-holes aren’t the only problems faced by South African roads.

According to a report by Stephan Krygsman, professor of Logistics and Transport Economics at the University of Stellenbosch, the condition of the South African road network varies between transport authority and type of road.

Although the condition of the paved network is slowly deteriorating across the country, Sanral is faring exceptionally well maintaining over 60% of its roads in good to very good condition, Krygsman said.


  1. ^ SA Speed Limit: How Ready Are You For The New Road Rules? (buzzsouthafrica.com)
  2. ^ Top 5 Most Terrific Road Accidents In South Africa (buzzsouthafrica.com)

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