Mogale Traffic cracks down on motorists

Richard Sengwana is the Automatic Number Plate Recognition technician for Mogale City's Traffic Department.

You can run, but you cannot hide – because the Mogale City Traffic Department (MCTD) is cracking down on all illegal acts committed by motorists on the roads.

The Traffic Department often puts up roadblocks in different sections of Mogale City in order to keep the streets free of any accidents and unlawful activities.

Officials and motorists standing outside the Mogale City Traffic Department Vehicle.

Officials and motorists standing outside the Mogale City Traffic Department Vehicle.

“The law enforcement sections conduct roadblocks during which the officers write fines and do systematic checking of motor vehicles, checking of drivers’ licences and identify drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol,” MCTD spokesperson Papi Motaung told the News.

Some roadblocks are held in conjunction with members of the police and members of the South African National Defence Force. Some motorists may be stopped and searched, while other traffic officers check vehicles for road-worthiness and write fines. Some roadblocks will only be manned by members of the Traffic Department, as was the case on Thursday, 17 August in Adcock Street, Chamdor.

Officers used portable road humps to slow the traffic down, collected on outstanding fines from motorists who had not paid their fines, and consulted with those who have warrants of arrests against their names.

A Mogale City Traffic Department camera scans number plates and sends the data to the automatic number plate recognition technician.

A Mogale City Traffic Department camera scans number plates and sends the data to the automatic number plate recognition technician.

“People must understand that when they see a motorist hand money over to a traffic officer inside the traffic vehicle, it is not a bribe – they are paying a traffic fine.

We have a cashier inside our vehicle where payments can be made via cash or card if you have a warrant of arrest against you,” Motaung said.

He also said that motorists who have warrants of arrest against them have no choice but to pay their outstanding fines if caught at a roadblock; alternatively, they face arrest. However, if no warrant has been issued, the motorist cannot be forced to pay the fine at that particular moment.

Motorists who come across corrupt traffic officials are encouraged to call the Traffic Department on 011 951 2218 to report them. “Motorists can also speak to any other officer who is present on the scene and let them know that someone is trying to solicit a bribe from them,” Motaung concluded.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition technician Richard Sengwana, with cashier Keboneng Gaditshose, and traffic officer Eric Qweta.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition technician Richard Sengwana, with cashier Keboneng Gaditshose, and traffic officer Eric Qweta.

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