Operation Reclaim boasts success

2019-02-19 06:00
Residents making use of the service at the traffic initiative. PHOTO: Joan Woodman

Residents making use of the service at the traffic initiative. PHOTO: Joan Woodman

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Operation Reclaim visited ward 75 last week, resulting in arrests and the serving of warrants for outstanding fines.

The mobile van brings services closer to residents, allowing them to also check and pay outstanding traffic fines among other things.

The initiative was very successful, according to ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, who said several people stopped and made use of the service.

“Residents could stop to check their fines or warrants and make payments. This was so convenient for residents, bringing services to the community,” said Woodman.

However, Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the mobile unit is not a public service point but rather a working instrument like a speed camera or breathalyser.

The van was situated in Highlands Drive on Tuesday last week.

“This is not a new initiative. The mobile vehicle belongs to Syntell and is used across the city as part of Operation Reclaim,” said Smith.

“The warrant bus was introduced in 2007. It is used to scan vehicles for outstanding warrants and also serves as a mobile office for warrant operations.”

This mobile unit is linked to an automated number plate recognition system.

“[It] is successful in the sense that vehicles with outstanding warrants can be identified easily in moving traffic. During the operation, 38 warrants were served on motorists, there were seven arrests, and 10 motorists were let off with a warning. The monetary value of the warrants was R73 850,” said Smith.

“The City encourages motorists to check regularly if they have outstanding traffic fines and to pay these timeously to avoid surprises.

“In 2018, we also introduced a new measure that allows motorists to finalise warrant payments.”

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