Several taxi associations ferrying commuters to the northern suburbs of Johannesburg will have a total shutdown on Monday. Their grievances is that the Johannesburg Metro Police continue to impound their vehicles even if they are roadworthy.

They say taxi owners are forced to pay a fine of R3000 a car so they can be released. Alexandra Taxi Association spokesperson, Jabu Ntshangase says the purpose of the shutdown is to draw the attention of Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande.

Ntshangase says routes that are gong to be affected include; Sandton, Midrand, Woodmead, Mooderfontein and Alexandra.

“We had a problem that traffic cops impound our vehicles left and right. Firstly they don’t issue traffic fines anymore, instead they remove a vehicle disc. The second week they come and impound the vehicle. At the end taxi owners have to pay R300 a car. If a taxi driver has violated road rules he should be arrested but JMPD officers instead they impound the vehicle.”