CAPE TOWN – Cape Town has the worst traffic in South Africa. Part of the city’s plan is to roll out special video-equipped traffic wardens to alleviate the congestion…
Four months ago, the City of Cape Town and the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) introduced six traffic wardens funded and managed by the CCID into the CBD footprint, primarily to alleviate afternoon traffic congestion, but also to deal with non-moving traffic violations in the CBD.
Muneeb Hendricks, manager of CCID Safety & Security, says: “The pilot project ran until the end of June this year and was rated as so successful that we have now signed a contract with the City until June 2018, with an option to renew providing it continues to make an impact.
‘Non-moving traffic fines’
Earlier in 2017, Wheels24 reported that Cape Town is rated as South Africa’s most congested city, ranking 33rd on the global list. Johannesburg is second, but 44th on the global list.
Commuters in the Mother City spend, on average, 49.1 hours in traffic, and in Jhb 46.8. Durban, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg round out the top five.
9 most congested cities in SA: Average hours spent in congestion; 2016 world ranking
1 Cape Town (49.1 hours – global rank 33 )
2 Johannesburg (46.8hrs; 44)
3 Durban (30.2hrs; 158)
4 Pretoria (28.1hrs; 191)
5 Pietermaritzburg (19.8hrs; 384)
6 Port Elizabeth (19.1hrs; 401)
7 East London (17.7hrs; 437)
8 Bloemfontein (16.1hrs; 470)
9 Vanderbijlpark (4.9hrs; 1013)
Most congested cities in South Africa: Overall daily congestion level
1 Cape Town 35%
2 Johannesburg 30%
3 East London 29%
4 Pretoria 26%
5 Durban 22%
The wardens in Cape Town are also equipped with body-worn video units – the same ones that the CCID’s own public safety officers wear and that have already proved to be extremely successful in behaviour modification.
“Traffic offenders now really think twice about taking a chance in the first place when our wardens are around,” says Hendricks.
The six traffic wardens are primarily deployed to alleviate traffic congestion in the CBD during the peak hours of 3pm until 6.30pm, and can be seen at the intersections of Strand and Adderley streets as well as Strand and Buitengracht. Between 10am and 3pm, they move throughout the Central City dealing very effectively with non-moving traffic violations.
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