The City’s Traffic Service will be offering long-distance public transport operators an opportunity to get their vehicles checked as part of Operation Exodus before they hit the road this Easter weekend.
According to the City, Operation Exodus teams will be stationed at the Joe Gqabi Public Transport Interchange, Belville Traffic Department and the long-distance bus terminus in the Cape Town CBD.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said the City’s main focus will be on vehicle safety, driver fitness, overloading, as well as the validity of operating licences.
“We appeal to public transport operators to step up and take advantage of the services on offer. This is not a punitive process – our staff help drivers identify potential defects in their vehicles.
“Motorists are then referred to get these checked before they embark on their journeys. Public safety is paramount and we hope that our drivers and transport companies can see the value in this service,” Smith said.
Smith further appealed to private motorists, to check their vehicles too, to ensure that everything is working.
“Apart from your engine, make sure your tyres are in good condition, that your tyre pressure is set correctly, that headlights, brake lights and wipers are working properly, and of course that the person behind the wheel is fit for the task,” Smith added.
Meanwhile, the City’s enforcement agencies will host a series of vehicle checkpoints around the city over the long weekend. In recent weeks, the Traffic Service has also arrested four motorists who are on the Top 100 list of traffic offenders with 150 outstanding warrants totalling R440 250.
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