Western cape driver

Cape Town’s mayoral member for safety and security, JP Smith (right) chats to a traffic officer. Image: JP Smith / Facebook

Western Cape driver squeezed 28 SCHOOL KIDS into 16-seater taxi [WATCH]

A Western Cape driver was caught transporting 28 school children in a taxi and subsequently arrested by local traffic authorities.

Western cape driver

Cape Town’s mayoral member for safety and security, JP Smith (right) chats to a traffic officer. Image: JP Smith / Facebook

A Western Cape driver was stopped by local traffic police and upon searching the Toyota Quantum taxi it was discovered that he was transporting 28 schoolchildren.

In another disturbing incident, a 16-year-old man driving a Toyota Condor that is designed to transport seven people and discovered 16 schoolchildren being transported.


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The two incidents were put in the spotlight by Alderman JP Smith who is in charge of Safety and Security in the Western Cape. Smith posted a video update on his Facebook page.

Smith said: “Our scholar transport enforcement operations continue daily across the city.”

He pointed to the second incident in which a Western Cape driver was stopped after transporting 16 scholars in a seven-seater SUV. According to the driver his father was aware that he was in contravention of city traffic laws.

The father of the driver was arrested on four charges of endangering a minor, according to JP Smith.

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Alderman JP Smith, including the oversight role as Cape Town’s May said: “Unbelievable. 28 children squashed into a taxi after school. But that’s not the worse part…”

Watch the clip below:

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Road safety organisation Arrive Alive offered several tips for parents whose children travel by minibus.

1.Parents are encouraged to teach their youngsters these rules for getting on and off the school bus.

2.Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles.

3.Get to the bus stop at least five minutes early.

4. When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Do not stray onto streets, alleys or private property.

5.Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches. Wait until the bus has stopped to a complete standstill and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway.

6. Wait for the signal from the driver before approaching the bus and enter the bus in single file.