The City of Cape Town is proposing numerous changes to its Traffic By-Law, including amendments that deal with the impoundment of private vehicles and the e-hailing sector. The amended Traffic By-law will be available for public comment throughout October.
The by-law was first introduced in 2011, to provide for the regulation of public transport vehicles and traffic within the City’s jurisdiction, as provided for in the Constitution.
In terms of the draft document, authorised officials may, in the interest and the safety of the public, without prior written notice, impound vehicles where the:
In addition, the chapter dealing with public transport operators now includes a section that speaks specifically to the e-hailing sector. It requires drivers of e-hailing vehicles operating within the City’s jurisdiction to clearly display a tag identifying the vehicle as such, along with a valid operating license.
The amended draft by-law document is available here: //bit.do/trafficbylaw
"Currently, the City’s Traffic Officers are allowed to impound public transport vehicles where the driver does not have an operating license or is operating in contravention of their operating license. The draft amendments to the Traffic By-law make provision for the impoundment of private vehicles under certain circumstances. The statistics show, year-on-year, that there is no change in behaviour relating to very serious transgressions like illegal street racing and driving under the influence. The Portfolio Committee therefore devised the amendments, in consultation with various other parties, in a bid to force road users who insist on breaking the rules of the road with reckless abandon to change their behaviour, and make our roads safer for all," said Councillor Nqavashe.
The public participation process will run from 1 October until 31 October 2019. Interested parties can make submissions online at www.capetown.gov.za or view the draft by-law at their local library or subcouncil office. Written submissions can be delivered to the nearest subcouncil office.
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