The City of Cape Town and the Central City Improvement District (CCID) will now have six traffic officers posted at key intersections in the city’s CBD to ease traffic from Monday to Friday, between 11am to 6pm.
The intersections include: Buitengracht and Walter Sisulu Avenue; Buitengracht and Hans Strydom Avenue; Buitengracht and Somerset Road; Strand and Adderley streets; Strand and Bree streets; Fountain Circle and Hans Strydom Avenue; Long and Buitensingel streets; and Walter Sisulu Avenue and FW De Klerk Street.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith says the pilot project is expected to start some time this month.
Obviously at interactions where your traffic lights go down, it helps. In this case you have traffic lights but you have people obstructing the cross flow of traffic which impacts somewhat on gridlock. They cause tailbacks into the next intersection, prevent people from getting out of parking garages etc.— JP Smith, Mayoral committee member for safety and security
Smith says motorists who do not comply with the pointsmen will be issued with fines.
We will have to deal with motorists who repeatedly offend....we will try and sensitise people. We will have to go through a process of awareness raising.— JP Smith, Mayoral committee member for safety and security
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