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Operation Exodus ready to ride<p>The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service rolls out Operation Exodus tomorrow, 8 December 2017.</p><p>Operation Exodus sees traffic officers checking the fitness of all vehicles leaving public transport interchanges, including Joe Gqabi, Bellville and Cape Town Station. Vehicle check points and speed checks are also set up in the vicinity of the interchanges. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p>Any vehicle that is found not to be roadworthy is suspended and prohibited from travelling further. Officers will also screen vehicle loads to guard against over-loading and ensure that all driver and vehicle documentation is in order prior to departure. This will help to keep road users safe, in line with the objectives of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to </p><p>‘Operation Exodus isn’t popular in some circles, but it could mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of innocent people making their way to holiday destinations around the country. I commend the bus and taxi operators who willingly submit to the checks because it tells me they have the best interests of their passengers at heart.</p><p>‘I also urge passengers to do their bit by holding drivers to account for their actions. Of late, we are seeing more and more taxi drivers being arrested for drunk driving while transporting passengers. I sincerely hope that long-distance operators are more responsible, especially considering the unnecessary carnage that is far too commonplace on our roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>During the previous festive season, 1 034 public transport vehicles were checked before departure in the run-up to Christmas Eve. Of these, 24% of vehicles failed the roadworthy test. Midibuses accounted for a 36% failure rate and minibuses 30%. The failure rate for buses was 8%.  </p><p>After the City’s examiners have checked a vehicle, the number of passengers, driver and vehicle details are recorded on a monitoring sheet and a sticker that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen as part of the Western Cape Government’s Sticker Project. This makes it easier for traffic officers to conduct spot checks as the vehicle travels through the province.</p><p>‘Our collective focus on public transport is key to all of our efforts to make our roads safer over the festive season. Free vehicle inspections, which are part of our Public Transport Sticker Project, have become a common feature during both the Easter and festive season exodus periods when many holiday-makers are making use of long-distance public transport to get to their various destinations. Making sure that these vehicles are safe and roadworthy limits the risk of them being involved in fatal crashes along the way. We will continue to support these efforts that make public transport safer for those who rely on it over this period,’ said the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-12-06T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#25923664-a01e-441c-8762-8f1586587c09;L0|#025923664-a01e-441c-8762-8f1586587c09|Operation Exodus;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9;L0|#0b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9|safety and security1

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