Saturday, March 28, 2009

City’s Traffic Services to continue enforcement in peak hours

By Mandisi Tyulu
28 March 2009

Yesterday morning, Cape Town Traffic Services shifted its focus from the BMT lane to Mew Way, Spine Road and Faure Road in the Khayelitsha area.

Cape Town Traffic Services media spokesperson, Merle Lourens says the operation involved 55 officers from all sections of Traffic Services.

“It resulted in 299 traffic fines being issued for offences ranging from unlicensed drivers, various defects on motor vehicles to illegal taxi operators and overloaded taxis.”

Two unroadworthy vehicles were suspended from use of a public road. Five motorists were also arrested on 58 outstanding warrants of arrest to the value of R60 850, says Lourens.

“Taxi operators were not in favour of enforcement being done in the peak hours as this interfered with their daily routine.’ They subsequently abandoned their taxis at the intersection of Lansdowne Road and Mew Way, causing major traffic congestion. A contingency of SAPS and Metro Police assisted in calming the situation.”

There is a need to ensure that safe and reliable transport is available for commuters, therefore enforcement projects such as these will continue, even in the peak hours”, says Lourens.

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