70 unregistered taxis impounded

70 unregistered taxis impounded

MASERU – IN an operation that transport operators have greeted with glee, the Maseru police impounded close to 70 unregistered taxis on Monday.
The operation to rid the roads of illegal taxis is expected to continue in the next few weeks. The Department of Traffic, Maseru Region Transport Operators (MRTO) and the Maseru City Council collaborated in the operation.

Lebohang Moea, the MRTO spokesperson, said illegal taxis were killing the transport business.
Those who own unregistered taxis were disrespecting both the regulations and those who have registered taxis, Moea said.
“Even after starting the operation, there are some who are still stealing passengers,” Moea said.

“We are going to pursue this operation until all these pirates are gone.”
Moea said the MRTO has been complaining about illegal taxis for years but nothing had changed, hence they have now roped in the police and the traffic department.
He said for now they are targeting sedan taxis.
Moea said most of those cars only have special permits and are not allowed to carry passengers.
He said the operation will continue for the next few weeks and is likely to be launched in other districts soon.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Matete Lenea, said the police will come down hard on illegal taxi operators.
He said it is a serious crime to run an illegal taxi business, adding those caught will face the full wrath of the law.
The Traffic Commissioner, ’Mathabo Tšosane, said unregistered cars put the lives of passengers at risk.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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