Safety checks carried out

2015-12-17 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services has conducted safety checks on 628 vehicles at various interchanges in the first four days of Operation Exodus. The majority of the vehicles checked were Midi buses and buses, with the Joe Gqabi interchange in Philippi racking up the highest numbers, over the weekend.

Operation Exodus is an annual safety initiative designed to ensure both vehicle and driver fitness – particularly public transport vehicles preparing for long distance trips.

Of the 628 vehicles checked at public transport interchanges, 448 (71 percent) were deemed roadworthy.

‘In instances where officers detected problems, these were pointed out to the driver or owner. They could then go and have those issues seen to and return for a retest. There were about fifty cases where the vehicles were suspended from operating on a public road until such time that the defects are satisfactorily addressed,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security.

In addition, enforcement efforts at random vehicle checkpoints and roving patrols across the city resulted in 8011 transgressions recorded over the four day period.

In other City enforcement operations, the Metro Police Department arrested 27 suspects – 18 of them for possession of drugs. While conducting general patrols in Langa on Saturday, 12 December. Officers were approached by a resident who led them to a smash-and-grab suspect in Joe Slovo. The suspect was found in possession of multiple credit and bank cards as well as a knife.

‘This is good work and speaks to a level of trust in our enforcement agencies to follow up on credible information and hold criminals to account. I thank the public who blew the whistle on this suspect and encourage others to follow their example, because that is how we create safer communities,’ added Alderman Smith.

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