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Western Cape Enhances Road Safety with Specialised High-Performance BMWs for Traffic Enforcement

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The Traffic Law Enforcement Unit of the Western Cape has made a significant stride towards improving road safety as they receive 31 specialized high-performance BMW patrol vehicles from the Western Cape Mobility Department. This development is part of a bigger plan in which 122 of such technologically advanced vehicles will be integrated into the unit's fleet.

The new vehicles are equipped with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras which have been integrated with the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS). This technology will play an instrumental role in assisting officers to swiftly gather crucial information within a matter of seconds.

During the handover ceremony at the N1 Huguenot Toll Plaza, Western Cape Mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie unveiled the delivery of these specialized patrol vehicles. This follows months of scrutiny by ANC, Cosatu, and the Good Party interrogating Mackenzie for the delay in the handover and his hesitance to disclose the number of vehicles.

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, Mackenzie also announced the imminent release of a further 91 vehicles. The continuous fleet upgrade promises to significantly contribute to road safety ahead of the festive season and the forthcoming school holidays.

Despite the breakthrough, Lulama Mvimbi, the provincial ANC mobility spokesperson, expressed reserved sentiments. Voicing concerns over the remaining 100 vehicles still stored in government garages, Mvimbi called for the government's immediate attention to ensure a streamlined deployment and maximisation of these resources.

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