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Traffic officers take on a heavy load<p>​</p><span><p>The operation focused on the Cape Town Harbour/Koeberg Road, Contermanskloof/Tygervalley, upper freeways and the Philippi/Schaapkraal areas. </p><p> </p><p>'Much of our cargo, goods, and equipment are transported by road and heavy duty vehicles are an integral part of keeping the economy going. However, due to their size, these vehicles can cause huge damage and loss of life as we've seen recently and the City's Traffic Service ensures that these vehicles, like all others, are roadworthy and drivers obey the law,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>During the operation, officers stopped and checked 220 heavy motor vehicles and 116 other vehicles, resulting in 4 624 offences being recorded.</p><p> </p><p>These included 150 fines for having smooth or worn tyres, 74 fines for other defects, 33 drivers could not produce a professional driving permit, 60 vehicles had expired licence discs and 23 vehicles were suspended for roadworthiness.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Specific to the heavy motor vehicles, the drivers of 37 trucks were cited for  being overloaded, while 10 others had their loads not securely covered.</p><p> </p><p>'These are just some of the transgressions from one operation across a few areas and it's disconcerting that it resulted in so many recorded offences across vehicle categories. Drivers put their own lives and other road users at risk and our officers will continue to ensure everyone obeys the law,' said Alderman Smith.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-10-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#fa6bda44-280b-418d-972d-29d9d95eeab7;L0|#0fa6bda44-280b-418d-972d-29d9d95eeab7|Roadworthiness;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services10

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