By Cllr Francois Greyling, Ward 52 Councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality:
The DA believes that a 24 hour traffic policing system in Nelson Mandela Bay would deter reckless drivers and discourage taxi operators from overloading, as they could be fined around any bend.
We propose that the traffic flow at every school be managed and monitored by volunteers or law enforcement interns who are facilitated and trained by the traffic department.
The DA has previously petitioned ex-mayor, Ben Fihla, in this regard but regrettably the idea fell on deaf ears.
The lack of visible traffic policing thought the metro has led to a significant increase in lawlessness with many motorists ignoring clear regulations. Some incidents of note are:
- the death of Siviwe Dingane (7) on 30 July 2015 at Despatch Primary after he was ran over by a tipper truck;
- a taxi owner was arrested while unlawfully transporting 50 children, as reported by the Herald on 5 August 2015;
- un-roadworthy vehicles flood the streets with unlicensed drivers, known as Jikileza;
- popular night spots have become unbearable with drag racing keeping neighbours awake and causing accidents.
A 24 hour traffic law enforcement effort with constant patrolling will:
- bring down the death toll on our roads;
- save millions in infrastructure for the municipality;
- create jobs by the filling of vacancies in the department;
- ensure revenue income which is desperately needed for the institution;
- create peace of mind for parents and other road users who obey the law.
Should the DA be successful in our 2016 election effort, we will institute sub-councils and urgently initiate 24 hour area specific traffic control and enforcement.
The DA believes that every person should have the freedom to feel safe on our roads and the opportunity to enjoy safer roads through 24 hour traffic policing.