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Traffic safety improves

The public in Blomtuin, Chrismar, De la Haye, Shirley Park and the rest of ward 3 are noticing a difference in traffic safety in the area after the City’s traffic services has appointed one of their own to service the area.

“Following the proliferation of complaints relating to traffic safety, speeding within residential areas and taxi offences, it was decided to appoint a full time traffic officer.

“The taxi offences include rat-running, taxis off-route, poor driver behaviour and unlicensed and unroadworthy taxis.

“We decided that instead of having a rent-a-cop or law enforcement officer, the ward may be better served by placing the full time traffic officer in the ward,” Brendan van der Merwe, the ward councillor, said.

“The cost of this traffic service would also have to be funded from ward allocations at a cost of around R278 000 per annum.

“Although this is more than a third of the annual ward allocations budget that is a mere R850 000 and where there are many projects competing for a slice of this amount, it was agreed that this would be a good investment of our annual allowance,” he said.

According to Van der Merwe no one has been appointed yet as a full time traffic officer but the department availed one of their own to do duty in the area.

Already the public is noticing a difference and several members of the public have already commented on social media about the increased visibility of traffic services within the ward and the good work and noticeable results that are achieved.

“The officers will work early shifts and late shifts to ensure that they cover the alternate morning and afternoon peak hours and they will enjoy the support of the other enforcement agencies and their colleagues who do regular taxi enforcements and vehicle checkpoint operations.

“Weekly statistics are also provided to the councillor to track service levels and these show high rates of enforcement.

“This additional enforcement we hope will act as a deterrent to taxis ignoring the rules of the road, especially that they stay on route and in line with their issued permits and do not cut through residential areas,” Van der Merwe said.

He also expressed that the full time traffic officers will address the increased complaints relating to speeding in residential roads and also complaints relating to the public ignoring stop controls in residential streets.

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