Following a spate of attacks on buses in the Western Cape, Golden Arrow Bus Services will be making use of a Transport Enforcement Unit to ensure that its bus routes are safer. The unit is comparable to Metrorail’s Rail Enforcement Unit.
The City of Cape Town will assist Golden Arrow in funding the unit, including its staff and operational costs.
According to Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith the unit will give first priority to routes that the bus service has identified as a hotspot.
“We will have to be clever and work with our CCTV cameras,” Smith said. We don’t have a legal obligation to enforce these spaces but they are public transport spaces on which thousands of residents of our city rely on daily to get to work, earn an income and to get study opportunities.”
The City Council will have a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter, as well as agree on an implementation date.
“It is a bold decision to bring uniformed staff on board,” Smith added.