Traffic cops now closer to home

2015-07-07 06:00
A traffic centre for the Southern Peninsula was opened last week in Muizenberg Main Road. Senior traffic officer Leon May and inspector Glida de Villers unveil the department’s plaque.

A traffic centre for the Southern Peninsula was opened last week in Muizenberg Main Road. Senior traffic officer Leon May and inspector Glida de Villers unveil the department’s plaque.

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A traffic centre for the Southern Peninsula was opened last week in a refurbished heritage building along Muizenberg Main Road.

The traffic department has been several years in the making, says ward councillor Dave D’Alton, with court battles to evict the former tenants.

Built in 1915, the building used to house wagons, hitched to horses, and used to remove refuse. The building was taken over in the 1960s as a community facility and was leased by the Rotary Club.

“It’s absolutely delightful that the deep South has a traffic department,” D’Alton said at the opening.

The idea for the facility was suggested several years ago by the South Peninsula subcouncil, which subsequently allocated just over R3m for the project.

The centre will be home to eight traffic officers and a supervisor, with seven vehicles at their disposal to ensure a more rapid response.

The City’s traffic service contributed just over R500 000 for the completion of the deployment centre, says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“We have witnessed numerous traffic nightmares as a result of accidents or protest action in the South Peninsula, especially on Ou Kaapse Weg and Kommetjie Road, and we hope that the location of the deployment centre will not only increase traffic visibility in the area, but also expedite traffic management in instances where it’s required to minimise the impact on the public,” he says.

The centre is not a public facility for traffic and vehicle-related transactions. Motorists must continue using the driving licence testing centres in Fish Hoek, Hillstar and New Ottery for these particular services

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