Metro police clamp down on illegal car guards

2016-12-07 06:01
The metro police clamped down on illegal car guards at Hobie Beach on Friday. Their bibs were confiscated and warnings and fines were issued.. Photo: Werner Hills

The metro police clamped down on illegal car guards at Hobie Beach on Friday. Their bibs were confiscated and warnings and fines were issued.. Photo: Werner Hills

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METRO Police in Nelson Mandela Bay is clamping down on car guards working without permits.

On Friday, December 2, the metro police removed illegal car guards at the beachfront.

“The operation had already started on Thursday, where all car guards who cannot prove that they are registered with Psira (the regulatory authority for the private security industry) are warned and fined,” said John Best, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

According to Best, the illegal car guards were first warned and stripped of their bibs.

Best said the metro police confiscate the brightly coloured bibs used by car guards to identify themselves as guards, if they are not legal car guards.

“The next time the same car guard gets caught as an illegal car guard, he is fined R100.

“If we find a repeat offender, we will not hesitate to arrest such a person,” said Best.

The metro police will maintain a strong presence at the beachfront during the festive season.

“Safer beaches for our local residents and visitors are the main goal. Therefore our law enforcement officers must ensure that rules are obeyed.”

Best warned the public that the municipal regulations also mean that no alcohol may be consumed in public.

He also said motorists can expect more roadblocks in the festive season.

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