A taxi driver was fined R5 000 after he was found to have 25 passengers in his taxi in Durban last week.
According to eThekwini metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, the traffic officers had set up a routine checkpoint along South Coast Road when the taxi was stopped.
"Although overloading is a common problem, it is very unusual to find 25 people in a taxi and we have a zero-tolerance approach to things like this," said Sewpersad.
"These people are someone's family members, you cannot load them like sardines, so we view this as a serious traffic offence."
Sewpersad went on to explain that the overloading problem was not just with taxis but trucks as well.
"Whether the vehicle is carrying goods or passengers, more loads means more money to be made," he said.
"I hope that the RTMC [Road Traffic Management Corporation] will bring harsher punishment for such offences in the future."
The passengers were loaded into passing taxis with the help of the eThekwini metro police and were able to continue with their journey soon after.