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The City of Cape Town has employed more traffic officers in a bid to further clamp down on fine dodgers, with the latest roadblock blitz netting more than a dozen transgressors.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said “Operation Reclaim” would be intensified, with a specific focus on those with outstanding warrants of arrest for outstanding fines.
Smith headed out with traffic officers to a roadblock on the M5 on Thursday.
He told officers their work would be inconsequential if they did not follow up on the transgressors who do not pay their fines.
Smith said they had deployed 18 extra staff members, coupled with an additional overtime bonus to optimise capacity for the operations.
Fourteen people were arrested at Thursday’s roadblock.
Traffic spokeswoman Maxine Jordaan said 56 warrants of arrests were served amounting to R26 500.
There were also 183 traffic fines issued yesterday on the M5, she added.
Smith said there was a huge number of outstanding warrants – a total of R489 million worth of outstanding fines over the past three years. - Cape Argus