In an effort to stamp out misuse of its fleet vehicles the City has made it easier for members of the public to report bad driver behaviour. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town yesterday, 29 October 2018, unveiled its ‘misuse’ decal that has been affixed to its fleet vehicles. This has become necessary due to the increase in the number of incidents of bad driver behaviour being reported.
‘Where there is a will there is a way. Even though there are on-board computers installed in each fleet vehicle, some drivers are still quite brazen, which has made us realise that this is not a sufficient deterrent to stamp out or drive out this bad practice,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.
It is hoped that with the launch of the misuse decal, which displays a toll-free hotline number, WhatsApp and SMS numbers to report vehicle misuse, will allow residents and other stakeholders to be our eyes and ears on the roads.
The misuse decal will be fixed onto the majority of Assets and Facilities Management (AFM) vehicles but will exclude the safety and security vehicles. The AFM fleet comprises of +/- 4 000 vehicles.
‘The reality is that misuse of fleet vehicles drives up the maintenance and repair costs that ultimately impact on the public purse. We have to do all we can to deter this bad behaviour, improve the utilization of these assets and in turn reduce our costs.
‘The City views the misuse of fleet vehicles in a serious light. These assets are effectively used to deliver services to our communities and should not be exploited for other purposes.
‘We anticipate that, under the watchful eyes of residents, we will be able to change driver behaviour and in turn optimise the use of our fleet vehicles that will drive up efficiencies and drive down cost,’ added Councillor Diamond.