The City of Cape Town’s Operation Exodus has kickstarted positively with 380 vehicles being submitted for fitness checks over the past three days of the operation.
The operation started on Friday the 13th of December and it is held during the festive season to check fitness of vehicles and long distance drivers
Vehicle checkpoints around the many public transport interchanges (PTI) turned up 12 078 offences and the majority of these are linked to vehicle and driver fitness, as well as speeding.
Mayco member for safety and security said the number of fines that had been issued during the first 24 hours of Operation Exodus was a cause of concern.
“In the coming days, the rate of vehicles leaving our PTIs for destinations around the country will increase exponentially. I urge owners to get their vehicles tested, or run the risk of having their trip stopped before it has even started.”
Police officers issued 1987 fines for a variety of traffic and by-law offences. The City’s Metro Police department apprehended 37 people on charges that ranged from possession of drugs, malicious damage to property, possession of an imitation firearm, drunk driving and assault.
Cape Town Traffic Service had several roadblocks, resulting in 26 arrests for driving under the influence.
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