Somerset West provincial traffic centre leads successful operation | Western Cape Government


Somerset West provincial traffic centre leads successful operation

12 July 2019

Two people were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and being in possession of fraudulent documents at an integrated roadblock at the Somerset West weighbridge on 10 July 2019. This operation was led by the Somerset West provincial traffic centre of the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW), supported by officers of the Caledon and Brackenfell provincial traffic centres, City of Cape Town Traffic Services, Metro Police Services, Road Traffic Management Corporation, and other road safety agencies.

On the day, DTPW road safety officers and other agencies interacted with motorists around road safety issues. Traffic officers stopped and checked a total of 720 vehicles, 19 of which were suspended for various mechanical defects.

A total of 102 traffic fines in the total amount of R130 000 were issued at the roadblock.

No. Nature of offence Total
28 Vehicle-related offence (number plates, lights, tyres, vehicle licences) R25 300
26 Driver licence offence R21 900
18 Overloading R26 300
10 Expired professional driving permit R28 000
10 Public transport operator card offence R18 000
7 Safety belt offence R3 500
2 Unroadworthy R3 500
1 Moving violation R3 500


DTPW values the importance of integrated traffic and road safety initiatives for saving lives and reducing injuries. Our round-the-clock law enforcement and road safety awareness activities help to reduce the risk of crashes, but safer roads depend on collective effort. All road users must play their part to reduce the risk of crashes. Whether you are a driver, a pedestrian or a cyclist, be the change that you want to see on Western Cape roads. Take personal responsibility for demonstrating good road user behaviour, and encourage others to do the same.

Media Enquiries: 

Byron la Hoe
Communication Officer
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570