Johannesburg - More than 100 vehicles have been taken off the road and fines totalling R155 000 issued by North West traffic authorities following a four-day operation, the province's public safety department said on Sunday.

“A total number of more than 800 vehicles were stopped and tested for roadworthiness during the four-day operation,” said spokesperson Lesolang Simon Mmope in a statement.

Authorities impounded 56 vehicles, 54 were discontinued from use, and issued 211 traffic fines.

The majority of discontinued vehicles were minibus taxis, said Mmope.

The operation took place in the Matlosana municipality, near Klerksdorp, between Wednesday and Saturday morning.

The operation aimed to reduce road deaths through targeting unroadworthy vehicles, unlicensed drivers and overloading.

Department MEC Nono Maloyi said the province was committed to reducing road deaths and combating lawlessness on public roads. - Sapa