The cameras will catch you

2019-03-28 06:00

Traffic officers of The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services have started using the fixed Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) cameras installed across the metropole to catch unlicensed vehicles.

The City of Cape Town said in a statement last week it had been granted permission by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to used this law enforcement measure.

According to the City, officers are currently allowed to use the mobile Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) devices to stop a vehicle and fine the driver if the camera shows that the vehicle is unlicenced. The ANPR devices are linked to the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS). Now they may also make use of the ASOD cameras.

“Permission had to be sought from the DPP as there will be no interaction between the offender and an officer, and the prosecution will be technology-driven. Our service provider has upgraded the software and introduced additional technology that will enable the automatic generation of evidence files and notices to be sent to vehicle owners.”

A motorist driving an unlicenced vehicle will only be fined every 60 days, irrespective of how many times the vehicle has been identified by the cameras.

“We have hundreds of thousands of vehicles on our roads. Not all of them are licenced for varying reasons. While some motorists are simply forgetful, others have amassed black marks against their names on the eNaTIS because of unpaid fines and outstanding warrants, which means they can’t renew their licence until they settle their traffic debt.

“The introduction of the remote enforcement of unlicenced vehicles will simply be another reminder to do the right thing.”

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