If approved, Cape Town would have its own dedicated 24-hour traffic unit to patrol the City’s roads night and day. Currently only the provincial traffic officers operate on a 24-hour basis, but are mostly focused in areas outside the metro and on provincial and national roads.
According to the City’s proposal, Cape Town road users are mainly active between 6am and 10pm.The most common period for motorists is between 6am and 6.30pm.
“Traffic Services have three duty shifts of 6am to 2.30pm, 10.30am to 6.30pm and 3.30pm to midnight, which rotate over a four-week cycle.
“Some uniform traffic personnel work office hours, performing non-operational functions. Specialised sections within traffic services adhere to the same basic rotation but work differently to attend to specific complaints. Presently, the number of personnel involved in enforcement within Traffic Services is not sufficient to have a further rotation to cover a period from midnight to 6am,” said Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith.