“BCM traffic services, together with their provincial counterparts chased and managed to stop the taxi which was carrying 37 passengers, all schoolchildren,” said BCM traffic commander Quinton Chetty.
He commended the officers for their work, adding they had worked with their provincial counterparts to ensure a successful arrest.
“Overloading is not only illegal but it also puts lives at risk.
“The excess weight can negatively affect the vehicle’s ability to brake and can result in added strain on the car suspension and tyres which can cause accidents,” Chetty said.
In a voice recording relating to the other incident in Scenery Park, heard by the Dispatch, a woman who identifies herself as senior traffic officer Mazizi can be heard calling for backup.
“I’m here at Scenery Park, we need backup here.
“There’s a Quantum that was overloaded with school kids that are about 50 or more. We need SAPS.
“There’s a tow-truck because we want to impound the taxi, but the taxi owners and drivers are here.”