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This weekend the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service put a stop to illegal drag-racing operations in Bellville and Belhar, while Law Enforcement impounded its first two trucks in terms of the amended Integrated Waste Management By-law. Read more below:

During operations over the past few days, City traffic officers issued a total 2 216 fines and arrested 24 suspects for various offences.

On Sunday 28 August 2016, the City’s Traffic Service closed down Robert Sobukwe Road in Bellville South to prevent an illegal drag race involving 200 vehicles – 14 of which were suspended for not being roadworthy.

In operations held on Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend, Upper Warwick Street, Searle Street, Albert Road and De Waal Drive, officers issued 1 454 fines for various offences.During an operation in Durbanville on Friday 26 August 2016, officers arrested 17 suspects for drunk driving and three suspects for reckless and negligent driving. One vehicle was suspended for not being roadworthy, while 57 speeding offences were recorded on Durbanville Avenue and 251 speeding offences on Fairtrees Avenue.

‘It is highly disturbing that motorists continue to disregard traffic regulations on our roads. It is also alarming to see the number of drivers who were caught driving without driving licences, driving under the influence of alcohol, or exceeding the speed limit. We will continue to keep motorists on their toes, for their own safety and that of other road users, but we need residents to work with us in order to ensure safe roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

On Friday 26 August 2016, two Law Enforcement officers on patrol duty spotted two trucks illegally dumping builders’ rubble close to Duinefontein Road and Govan Mbeki Drive. When the officers approached, the offenders drove away, but they managed to pull both of them over. Traffic Services was called on to assist and the drivers were fined for illegal dumping. In addition, one of the truck drivers was fined for driving without a driving licence or a professional driving permit.

Both trucks were impounded, marking a first following the promulgation of the amended Integrated Waste Management By-law which enables the impoundment of vehicles involved in illegal dumping, in-filling and other contraventions. These vehicles will not be released unless their cases have been concluded in court and the impoundment fees have been paid (R7 500 for the first instance).

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