JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said they launched their campaign of unroadworthy since March and 408 vehicles have been impounded throughout the city.

Some 341 of these vehicles were unlicensed and unregistered.

Mayor Herman Mashaba, JMPD chief David Tembe and MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun have been responding to the Alexandra Taxi Association’s decision to go on strike on Monday after 500 of their vehicles were impounded by the JMPD.

The taxi association feels it is a cracked on their industry only. However the mayor said the police must not sit back with their efforts to remove unroadworthy vehicles from the country’s roads.

Deputy chief said it is important for people to understand it is not just a campaign targeted at taxis and said the police receive numerous complaints about people breaking the law and unroadworthy cars.

He said, “The community had an outcry about vehicles facing oncoming traffic, vehicles that skip the red light and vehicles that don’t obey road markings.” He said he has yet receive complaints about the impounding of unroadworthy vehicles.

He added, “Those trucks, you see them outside, they are not roadworthy. These are the trucks that kill people on our roads.”

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