The City of Cape Town says law enforcement officers have begun using an integrated app on handheld devices to issue notices for traffic and by-law contraventions.
The new application will be used by all the City’s enforcement departments involved in the issuing of contravention notices including traffic services, the metro police, and law enforcement departments.
MAYCO member for safety and security JP Smith said the mobile app does not only have scanning capabilities, allowing vehicle license disc and driver’s license scanning but has built-in GPS technology that allows for the correct allocation of notices to magisterial areas.
Moreover, the built-in camera will allow officers to record digital evidence related to the contravention resulting in fewer disputes at court.
Smith said that the City of Cape Town safety and security directorate currently has more than 100 devices in operation with access to the application and plans are to roll out 1356 more devices subject to budgetary provisions.
Advantages of the mobile application include:
- User friendly guided contravention capturing process;
- An increase in the administrative capturing of data;
- Reducing the margin of human error;
- Reducing capturing time;
- Dropdown selections for ease of use;
- Access to additional information stored in the back-end system for future reference.
- The application will also assist with the easy identification of fraudulent vehicle discs and driver’s licenses.