Bay motorcycle squad revived

2019-04-24 06:00
DA spokesperson for Safety and Security in the Metro, Gustav Rautenbach, with the motorcycles at the Sidwell Traffic Roadworthy Centre.Photo: SUPPLIED

DA spokesperson for Safety and Security in the Metro, Gustav Rautenbach, with the motorcycles at the Sidwell Traffic Roadworthy Centre.Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay traffic and licensing department will revive the motorcycle squad in June in an effort to ensure swift responses to accidents in the metro.

A total of 11 motorcycles are available, which were purchased in 2010 to add to the traffic department capabilities during the FIFA World Cup.

The squad will mainly operate from Sidwell and Uitenhage and is currently in the process of training officers who will be piloting the project.

According to the NMBM traffic and licensing executive director for safety and security, Advocate Keith Meyer, the function of the squad is to mainly operate during peak hours.

“The reason for the relaunch is to ensure speedy responses to accidents.

“It will aid motorists in speedy responses and make sure that our roads are safe for all motorists,” Meyer said.

The department is applying for new recruits to man the motorcycles.

The squad will also focus on taxi drivers violating the rules of the road and not adhering to road signs.

Meyer added, “The department is currently overwhelmed with complaints regarding taxis disobeying the rules of the road. We have renewed the motorcycle squad to address these issues, as well as additional measures that will have a huge impact.”

DA spokesperson for safety and security in the metro, Gustav Rautenbach, said that this decision to utilise the motorcycles should have been made years ago. He said that these motorcycles had been standing idle since 2010, which had been a waste of resources and money. “A total of almost R2 million has been spent on the bikes in 2010.,” Rautenbach said.

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