We don't disguise or hide speed cameras - CoCT

The City of Cape Town has denied hiding or disguising speed cameras to trap motorists.

This comes after reports of speed cameras that are hidden behind trees or disguised as roadside electricity boxes.

Also read: SA's hidden cams and speed traps not proven to reduce crashes - JPSA

An official speed camera report has recommended that officers and cameras be more visible and that the speed fine system not be used as a cash-cow.

The City's JP Smith says traffic enforcement policy says officers operating speed cameras must be close to the side of the road with a clearly visible vehicle.

Read: Motorists can challenge wrongful speeding fines, explains JPSA

Smith explains that traffic officers are prohibited from using concealed netting and other deceptive tactics.

Despite his personal views, he has encouraged motorists to report traffic officers who engage in what he calls excessive concealment.

The truth is we don't disguise cameras as electricity boxes. Those problems exist in other big metros and municipalities elsewhere.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Cameras may not be hidden or concealed. They must be brightly coloured.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

We don't hide speed cameras. We try not to conceal ourselves.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Cameras must be brightly coloured... The policy says speed cameras only where there are real accidents, not for the purpose of cash-cowing.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

You should drive as if you're being watched all the time.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Take a listen to the City's response:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : We don't disguise or hide speed cameras - CoCT


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