Motorists who carelessly throw out cigarettes stubs from a moving vehicle are in for a nasty surprise.
Stompie Hotline has been established to deal specifically with people who throw out stubs, especially in areas that are prone to fires.
Cape Town has been dealing with fires though it is unclear how they started.
Jaco Groenewald of the City's Public Emergency Communication Center explains how the Stompie Hotline can help.
Basically, when you see somebody driving and they flick out a cigarette butt out the window you call the Stompie Hotline. We will then take the information you give us and check who the vehicle belongs to, give the information to the fire and life safety department who will follow up on it.— Jaco Groenewald of the City's Public Emergency Communication Center
They will send a letter to that person warning them not to do it again and if it is in the outline area where there is a risk of fire, they will actually fine the person.— Jaco Groenewald of the City's Public Emergency Communication Center
According to Groenewald, when a stompie incident is reported, they will require the vehicle registration of the perpetrator, the colour and make of the car, time and the location where it happened.
He says that the number of calls has doubled since the beginning of October and since there have been fire incidents within the City.
The number to call is 021 424 7715.
To know more about the Stompie Hotline, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : If you see someone throwing a cigarette stub out the window "who ya gonna call"?