Taxis and long distance bus operators will now be able to make use of free roadworthy check conducted by Traffic Officials from the City of Cape Town. This will be carried out as part of a campaign ahead of the Easter weekend rush.
Called “Operation Exodus”, this campaign will prepare the City to handle the mass of people moving across the country to visit friends and family as well as attend religious events over the Easter period.
“Checks are done on buses, midi- and minibuses as well as trailers at the Bellville and Joe Gqabi public transport interchanges,” a statement from the City reads.
Vehicle checks will also be conducted at the Intercape and Greyhound bus depots.
If a vehicle is not found to be roadworthy, the driver will be granted the opportunity to have the defects fixed, and for the vehicle to be released.
“These safety checks are entirely voluntary. Some operators make use of the opportunity to secure peace of mind for themselves, but also their passengers. Many others do not. This is because some are aware that their vehicles and their drivers are not up to standard,” it said.
Checkpoints will be set up along points along popular transport routes to check the validity of driver’s licenses, as well as drunk driving and roadworthiness.
Private vehicles will also be able to have their vehicles checked for free at any City vehicle testing station between April 15 and April 18.