The City of Cape Town’s sustainable warrant operation has met with tremendous success since its launch in February 2019.
The operation has seen a notable increase in the number of motorists owning up to outstanding warrants of arrest for unpaid traffic-related debt.
Since its launch, more resources have been channeled to ‘Operation Reclaim’ which aims to clear a backlog of warrants for traffic offences and hold more motorists accountable, in order to drive behavioral change and reduce motor vehicle accidents and the resultant death toll.
A statement issued by the City on Thursday (28 March), said that it had served just shy of 10,000 warrants during the first four weeks of the operation
The city through the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, roaming patrols, roadblocks and officers going door-to-door has managed to track down offending motorists.
In the first four weeks (until 26 March 2019), traffic officers have:
• Served 9,855 warrants valued at R16,071,550;
• Arrested 123 motorists who were held in custody until their court appearance;
• Arrested 3,398 motorists who were later released on a warning to either settle their warrants or appear in court on a later date.
MAYCO member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said:
“The statistics are extremely encouraging. If we’re able to sustain the pace of the operation, road safety and courteous driving can only improve going forward.”