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City of Cape Town and Golden Arrow's new unit to secure dangerous bus routes

27 May 2019 11:52 AM
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Alderman JP Smith
Golden Arrow bus attacks

The Transport Enforcement Unit will be co-financed once the City Council agrees on a start date.

Following a recent spate of attacks on buses in the Western Cape, Golden Arrow Bus Services will be implementing a Transport Enforcement Unit to secure its bus routes.

The unit will be similar to that implemented on Metrorail trains in the city, the Rail Enforcement Unit.

The City of Cape Town will co-finance the unit, including staff and operational costs.

The City's mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith says the unit will be guided by the data from Golden Arrow in terms of hotspots where these buses are being attacked.

Read: Another Golden Arrow setback as passenger killed during robbery in Cape Town

We will have to be clever and work with our CCTV cameras.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

We don't have a legal obligation to enforce these spaces but they are public transport spaces on which thousands of residents of our city rely on daily to get to work, earn an income and to get study opportunities.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

It cannot be that these spaces are impossible and unsafe so we will have to help.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

The City Council will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter further and agree on a start date.

This does not prevent Golden Arrow from implementing the plan.

Read also: Cough up half the money for security, CoCT tells Golden Arrow

It is a bold decision to bring uniformed staff on board...

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

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27 May 2019 11:52 AM
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Alderman JP Smith
Golden Arrow bus attacks

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