Friday, December 12, 2008

City’s law enforcers to receive Segway electric vehicles

By Yamkela Xhaso
12 December

Cape Town’s criminals are in for a surprise. They could well be pursued this festive season by city law enforcement officers on Segway Personal Transport two-wheelers.

The local agents for the US-manufactured vehicles have loaned three of them to the city to enhance patrol work.

It is not yet known which lucky police members will get to wiz along on the high-tech machines.

Chief of Law Enforcement Richard Bosman said the handing over of the Segways was supposed to be on Friday December 12 but now the date has been set for Monday December 15.

“The purpose of this was to improve the mobility of our staff and also improve the effectiveness of patrolling in certain areas”

The vehicles will be given a trial whether it is effective or not and whether it improves the productivity of and coverage of the staff over the area.

“The vehicle is very light and can be used almost is every trend” But at this stage it will be used in the Sea Point and flat areas. said Bosman.
“It’s very small, it can move in and around people and cause small inconvenience, it’s not like driving a motorbike or a motorcycle in the Promenade”

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