The Tshwane Metro Police Department detained 38 tuk tuk taxis for operating without legal documentation, teenage tuk-tuk drivers and the TukTuk Eersterust Association expressed their dissatisfaction. Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba, a TMPD spokesman, said the vehicles were detained because many of the drivers did not have valid driver’s licenses and some of the vehicles had outdated license plates.”We sympathize with them because they are earning a living as they should; nonetheless, everyone who earns a living in the country must do it within the framework of the law.”
“These vehicles operate on public highways and hoist people, thus they must do it in accordance with the country’s laws,” Mahamba explained.The TukTuk Eersterust Association, on the other hand, is registered and has been in business for nearly seven years, according to Ethan Engelbrecht, and is in the process of obtaining licences from the Gauteng Transport Board.
He claimed that the introduction of the tuktuk company has made a significant contribution to society in terms of job creation and safety for old pensioners and students who are picked up from their houses and driven directly to the entrance of their destination for only R12.
He claims that since the introduction of this means of public transportation, at least 300 young people have been taken off the streets, and that they are now responsible young adults who work and help support their families in a country where unemployment is rampant.”We’re currently assisting some of the drivers with obtaining their learner’s and driver’s licenses. We’re not going to abandon them like that.
“We pulled a lot of young people off the streets and provided them with a way to be responsible and provide for their families.” What will happen to their tuktuk vehicles when the traffic cops arrive and seize them?” Engelbrecht said.
By: Khensani Khoza.