Spread of traffic cops interrogated

2017-10-31 06:01

With the “perception that the Far South is not getting its fair share of resources”, councillors have asked for clarity on the deployment of traffic officers in the area.

This feedback was given by City of Cape Town officials at a recent subcouncil ­meeting.

They revealed that subcouncil 19 had an average of four traffic officers per shift.

This number drops down to two on weekends and public holidays. There are a total of 12 officers, two inspectors, a principal inspector and a chief inspector.

The officials’ report showed a comparison in which subcouncils 15 and 16 had a total of 16 officers each (or 5.3 officers per shift). This is due to the large amount of traffic in those areas. Subcouncils 11 to 14, 17, 18 and 23 together had a total of 24 officers (or 1.4 per shift).

The information was requested by subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase. She said at the meeting that the request was as a result of the “perception that the Far South is not getting its fair share of resources”. “[The request for a report] is not an indictment on Traffic Services. We know what they’re doing. But with sufficient resources they could be doing so much more. All we want is our fair share,” she says.

Maxine Bezuidenhout, spokesperson of Traffic Services, says they do not deploy traffic officers per subcouncil. “The report provides an average number of officers available per subcouncil. The officers are deployed in an area. They are then deployed to the tasks that need to be carried out in that area. At times officers will be drawn from across the city to assist in those areas where there may be protest action, large events or special enforcement drives.”

The deployment of more officers depends on resource allocation, Bezuidenhout adds.

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