The city of Cape Town's traffic services arrested 175 taxi drivers between Thursday and Sunday for 1,596 outstanding warrants totalling more than R2m. This was a result of an ongoing initiative called Operation Reclaim, which aims to clear the backlog and persuade drivers to settle outstanding traffic fines.
John Maytham spoke to City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith about the arrests, as well as his take on Child Passenger Safety Week.
They have to appear in court to face the consequences. We've seen that some magistrates have gotten really tired of seeing these scofflaws and I am super delighted that we have started to popularise the term.— JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town
We make more effort with recovering fines so we try and make sure that if you've gotten a fine you are forced to pay that fine, which means there is an actual consequence because just issuing more and more fines doesn't work.— JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town
[Regarding Child Passenger Safety Week] I have seen people fined for not having a child in proper seats within the relevant age or having the child stand up.— JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Operation Reclaim hits taxi scofflaws hard