Minister Carlisle and Mthura Swartz Inaugurate First Level Crossing CCTV Project
On the morning of 7 June 2012, at the White Road level crossing in Retreat, Minister for Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle, and Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager, Mthura Swartz, jointly announced that the long-awaited CCTV camera system is finally operational.
While the two transport leaders met with the media near the crossing, City of Cape Town Traffic Services were at work verifying the footage of the first offenders who will be receiving summonses under the new system.
Offenders will face stiff fines, starting at R500 for failure to stop, and may face arrest and charges of reckless and negligent driving in more serious cases, for example if the booms are ignored.
The project is the first of its kind in South Africa and was dogged by a series of mis-starts and a series of trial-and-error phases.
A joint effort by the Western Cape Ministry of Transport and Public Works, City of Cape Town Traffic Services, Metrorail Western Cape and technical partner Syntell kept the project alive and the minister was delighted to announce that the first summonses were being prepared today.
It is aimed to roll out the CCTV project to more crossings in the city and province as soon as sufficient data is obtained to prove their efficacy in curbing recklessness at level crossings.
Hector Eliott, Head of Ministry, who led the task team that formulated the CCTV project with Syntell, said, "Although province has no direct authority over it, I will do everything possible to ensure the success of the project and its deployment to the Buttskop level crossing as soon as possible".
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