Pretoria - Gauteng Traffic Police on Wednesday impounded 31 taxis in Johannesburg for operating without permits.
Spokesperson for the Department of Community Safety, Sizwe Matshikiza, said the taxis were impounded during an operation at the Faraday and Noord Taxi Ranks in central Johannesburg.
He said the taxis were operating either without documents, their permits or in possession of the receipts as proof that they had applied for operating licenses.
The operation formed part of events planned for Transport Month under the theme "safety in public transport facilities, state of readiness for 2010".
According to Matshikiza, more arrests are expected as the Gauteng Traffic Police extend their operations across the province.
MEC for Gauteng Community Safety, Khabisi Mosunkutu urged operators to ensure compliance with the Gauteng Public Passenger Road Transport Act.
Mosunkutu said failure to do so put commuter's lives at risk as the majority of people rely on public transport.
The MEC also urged Gauteng Traffic Police and all law enforcement agencies to act decisively on all operators who do not comply with the law in order to ensure that Gauteng roads are safer.-