Watch out for new traffic cameras on the road

2015-07-23 06:00
=Pictured here is the new traffic Icam next to the Uitenhage Road.

=Pictured here is the new traffic Icam next to the Uitenhage Road. Photo:WERNER HILLS

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GREY boxes with a little window that have in recent weeks been spotted alongside major roads in Nelson Mandela Bay have given rise to much speculation on social media on whether or not these are new traffic cameras.

In addition, these cameras, thought to be new permanent ones, have been disappearing as quickly as they appeared.

After numerous fruitless inquiries to the municipality about the mysterious boxes, with even the director of traffic and licensing services, Hamilton Totoyi, saying that no new traffic cameras are being installed, the DA councillor for safety, Gustav Rautenbach, established that the boxes are in fact new Icam traffic cameras, which are not only smart cameras but are mobile as well.

The Icams were spotted along the William Moffett Expressway, Uitenhage Road and Settlers Freeway last week.

According to Rautenbach, the municipality appointed a new service provider in January for the supply, installation and maintenance of the Icam digital red light and speed violation cameras.

The contract includes the upgrading of the permanent cameras which were used during the previous service provider’s contract period, which ended in December last year.

According to the website of Traffic Management Technologies, the new service provider, the portable Icam, which the company designed and weighs 2 kg, has multi- purpose roles.

The device also uses Itrack for stolen vehicles or vehicles with unpaid fines that are on the special interest screening list and alerts traffic officers to the approaching vehicle. Apart from speed checking, it can also capture red light violations.

According to TMT, the device also interfaces with hand-held electronic ticket-issuing devices and allows for the issuing of a ticket by a traffic officer on the site.

Rautenbach said this was considered to be an enhancement of the services delivered to the community of the metro.

He added that these portable Icams would be moved from place to place around the city as various sites had been identified by the municipalities.

“However, more must be done to ensure road safety and the enforcement of traffic law on our roads.

“The DA believes that the establishment of a specialised motorbike unit and a 24-hour traffic service will further enhance visibility and safety,” he said.

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