Drivers take wrong turns

2016-01-19 06:00

Motorists who do not obey the law have been hit hard this festive season.

Over R850 000 worth of fines was issued to motorists along the Atlantic Seaboard, between Green Point and Hout Bay, over the holiday period.

A total of 1580 fines were issued, says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

Of these, 770 fines were issued for unlicenced cars and unlicenced drivers and almost 700 for illegal parking. Fines were also handed out for parking illegally, car defects and moving violations.

“Road safety is an ongoing priority for the City of Cape Town, more so over the festive season when the roads tend to be busier,” says Smith.

“Unlicenced drivers put themselves but also others at risk by operating cars. In addition, illegal parking also adds to the congestion in high traffic areas, resulting in frustration for both road users and residents in those areas.”

The City increases its resources over the festive season to deal with the higher traffic volumes and associated transgressions, but also to increase visible policing and deter road users from breaking the law, Smith explains.

“It is important to note that all of the City’s enforcement agencies – traffic services, metro police and law enforcement – are empowered to respond to transgressions. We also implement traffic management plans for big events or on priority days over the festive season to limit the congestion and resultant parking transgressions,” he says.

“However, we can only do so much – it is incumbent on road users and communities at large to recognise that they need to adhere to the law by ensuring that their cars are licenced and roadworthy, keeping unlicenced drivers off the roads and obeying traffic signs at all times.”


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