Traffic cops using hired cars - report

2013-01-22 07:31

Johannesburg - The National Intervention Unit is relying on hired vehicles, which are not equipped to deal with traffic officers' duties, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Star reported that the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) hired 40 cars last month to enable the unit to perform its duties and increase visibility.

RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail said half these cars, at R235 per car per day, were sponsored by Avis.

Unnamed sources told the newspaper that the vehicles were not fitted with required equipment such as sirens, numberplate recognition devices and communication radios.

Justice Project SA spokesperson Howard Dembovsky said that traffic officers needed blue lights and sirens to legally break traffic laws in the line of duty.

"You can't disregard the traffic laws and road signs... if you are using a vehicle that is not marked properly."

The National Intervention Unit is tasked with co-ordinating law enforcement on the country's roads and was created to bring down road deaths and crack down on drunken driving, reported The Star.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-22 07:39

    Are we in ply play land?? The uniforms and pistols hired too?? Maybe they not really alive??

      Lukyan.Ahmedenko - 2013-01-22 07:59

      I wanna be a real Police

      fussed.anderson - 2013-01-22 08:01

      Are the cops from a LABOUR BROKER as well

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-22 08:58

      According to the latest Trans Union Commercial Vehicle Dealers guide, the price of a new Toyota 2.0 VVTi is R182 800.00. Factor in another say R15k for lights radios and a canopy. Inkandla could have paid for 1 263 new police vans. And this does not take into account any discount the state would receive for a bulk buy.

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2013-01-22 10:03

      I recognized one of them, he is working for ADT when i asked him if he quit his job at ADT he said the he is contracted out to council. So ADT is also a labor brokers now

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-01-22 07:40

    waist of money indeed,but someone is benefiting from that

      shanleigh.sewsanker - 2013-01-22 09:00


  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-01-22 07:46

    This MUST be Neverland

  • sisie.indola - 2013-01-22 07:46

    What happened to all those brand new cars that they seem to get. Do they sell them over the border or what?

      pravda.che - 2013-01-22 09:28

      have you every seen the police scrap yard???

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2013-01-22 07:49

    Traffic cops without cars, I don't know - pretty much like cops without guns. How come there is not enough vehicles that they have to go this extravagant route? Oh wait, we are such a rich country, with so much money that we can waste!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-22 08:38

      Instead available money goes to: Nkandla! Upgrading the homes of officials! Business breakfasts! Overseas 'holidays' - flying first class with all the family in tow! The list just could go on and on and on........

  • tommy.rinrin - 2013-01-22 07:50

    so equip the cars with the necessary equipments, they need all the support they can get.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-22 10:19

      Exactly Tommy, people complain that they aren't visible they try do something about it and guess what, people complain!! Just can't win...

  • Sarel Brits - 2013-01-22 07:51

    The death toll is not down fire the lot and their useless Bosses

  • clive.paterson - 2013-01-22 07:53

    Rented patrol cars for traffic officers. Time for heads to roll! Same happened in Northern Cape a few years ago. Pathetic!

      dlawre30 - 2013-01-22 08:48

      I see them in Pretoria every day on my way to work. Big Avis signs on the doors really pathetic

  • gembleton1 - 2013-01-22 08:09

    welcome to the united states of Africa , look north of us and you will see that their cops don’t have cars either, we well on our way now, sorry for you South Africa, we are on a down ward spiral and very fast to.

  • Aslam Farouk - 2013-01-22 08:10

    just typical of our government,No money 4 da important things,but money 2 waste on home renovations 4 ministers?Disgusting! We r not far away 4rm anoda zimbabwe

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-22 08:18

    That's what you get when you have somebody with a std 2 education trying to play president and appoint other leaders (ministers). From there the rot just trickles down

  • Franna16 - 2013-01-22 08:20

    I've seen them here in PTA east. Avis cars

  • kgosi.taele - 2013-01-22 08:24

    Imagine what you can do with R250m, mmm(thinking hard)... build a house in nkandla..

  • kgosi.taele - 2013-01-22 08:30

    I am not surprised..

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-22 08:38

    Wat happened 2cop's on motorcycles ~ have they been phased out?? i,m on the road a lot witness 2many traffic violation's??

  • paddy.pereira - 2013-01-22 08:48

    In the morally depraved ANC institution of the once jewel of Africa , we have SAP stations guarded by private security . We have criminals in parliament with criminal records and other criminals in parliament with expunged records . Now the traffic police hire cars , because the "square pegs placed in round holes" courtesy of the reverse discrimination/ethnic cleansing of the work place - take your pick - of affirmative action, most of the vehicles paid for by the tax payers , have probably been written off . The logic of those in power hardly surprisingly dictates it's OK to hire more cars to smash up or collect bribes (again - take your pick) courtesy of the tax payer. What a legacy for the ANC . There is a story which has yet to hit the headlines - a partially qualified doctor - you only need 70% - told a pregnant lady she was not ready to give birth , and her baby promptly "fell" out of the womans womb , onto its head and died iunstantly . This in the country where surgical pioneers of Prof Chris Barnards stature once emanated . Great legacy the ANC are leaving .

  • armandjoubert - 2013-01-22 08:50

    Nothing wrong with hiring cars it does work out a lot cheaper! But they do need to be correctly equipped!!

  • armandjoubert - 2013-01-22 08:51

    a lot of big companies also rent their fleet vehicles to save cost so that should not be a huge problem.

  • MSGRule - 2013-01-22 09:05

    You have to be kidding, what a joke. seems that the last few years South Africa is running out of everything. Hospital personnel, police cars, traffic cars. Hey the cANCer has worked hard at milking the cow dead the last few years and it should continue for a few more....

  • jerome.mtshali.58 - 2013-01-22 09:06

    I remember JMPD was once given a marked lamborghini, where is it now? where is it operating?

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-01-22 09:06

    Hijackers were spoted hiring Avis cars. Do not stop when they order u to. . They will rob u. . . We want identical cars. . Pls

  • derrick.chong.39 - 2013-01-22 09:08

    Absolutely no where else in the world....

  • robqb - 2013-01-22 09:44

    @ian.robertreid. Thanks for bringing that up. When last have you seen a traffic officer on a motor cycle, do they know how to drive one? When I was a youngster the cops were all mounted on 1000cc Harleys and NEVER in a car. Made of sugar and scared of the rain, perhaps?

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