Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's Traffic Service will launch Operation Exodus on Thursday 10 December 2015 - running until Christmas Eve 2015.
The operation will see metro police conducting safety checks on long-distance vehicles, in the interest of public safety.
Operation Exodus officers will be staytioned at all major public transport interchanges across the city, including Joe Gqabi, Bellville, central Cape Town and Mfuleni - with checks also being completed at roaming vehicle checkpoints, the City of Cape Town said.
"This is not a roadworthy certification, but merely a safety check that includes vehicle and driver fitness. We are not trying to delay trips because that too will have unintended consequences, nor are we trying to deprive public transport owners of their right to make a living. We are simply trying to ensure that those who board buses and taxis to their long-haul destinations get there safely," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Safety checks will include screening drivers to ensure they are not fatigued and checks to confirm they have valid driving licences and professional driving permits. The vehicle's licences and registrations will also be checked.
What you need to know...
Until Friday 18 December 2015, the City is offering general roadworthy safety checks on private and public transport vehicles at its various roadworthy centres.
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Over the past weekend, 78 suspects were already arrested by various enforcement agencies.
The Metro Police Department arrested 42 suspects for drunk driving and various other charges, including possession of illegal drugs and illegal weapons. In Retreat, five suspects were arrested for possession of drugs after their vehicle was flagged down for not having a number plate.
Metro Police officers also arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence - with one driver caught behind the wheel on the R300 with a beer in his hand. Following this, 18 motorists were arrested at a roadblock in Bothasig, nine arrested for reckless driving and the issuing of 291 fines.