SA border control on three wheels

2012-05-08 00:00

THE police have bought 12 three-wheel scooter-type vehicles at a total cost of R1,76 million to help protect the country’s borders.

The battery-driven vehicles, manufactured in California by T3 Motion, will also be used at airports.

National police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said the three-wheelers — priced at R146 000 each — are cost effective.

He said: “They are very manoeuvrable and are more effective than golf carts, which are sometimes used [in the same places].

“They can easily make a 360-degree turn and are easy to drive with very little training.”

The vehicles have been tested at the Lanseria and Polokwane airports and at the Lebombo and Beit Bridge border posts.

Brian Mapanza, the local agent for T3 Motion, said the Airports Company of SA and Customs and Excise were already using the vehicles and they are also used by police forces in Abu Dhabi, Birmingham, Bristol, Dallas and Los Angeles.

The vehicles will be equipped with blue and red LED lights, cameras and sirens. The T3 can attain a maximum speed of 25 km/h, and the batteries can be swopped in minutes. Because each comes with a spare battery, the vehicles can be in use 24 hours a day.

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