CapeTalk listener Mohammed called the Breakfast Show with Kieno Kammies and described seeing a traffic officer holding a handheld camera in Thornton Road, Cape Town.
The vehicle was not clearly visible at all from a distance.— Mohammed, Caller
He asked the traffic officer if this was permissible after hearing on CapeTalk that cameras and traffic vehicles must be clearly visible.
This traffic officer told me, you know what, you shouldn't believe everything you hear, and he specifically mentioned yourself Kieno Kammies and CapeTalk, saying these guys don't know what they're speaking about, and we are totally allowed to stand like this.— Mohammed, Caller
He allowed Mohammed to photograph the situation.
The conclusion by traffic and CapeTalk is that the camera was clearly visible.
Cape Town Traffic deputy operations chief Andre Nel responds.
It's very straightforward. There are no specific regulations. There are some TSCP guidelines. The City of Cape Town has a policy around speed checking. The only compelling requirement around that is the camera itself must be visible. There is no indication the vehicle or officer must be visible.— Andre Nel, Deputy operations chief - Cape Town Traffic Department
Nel telephoned Muhommed and explained this to him.
Nel clarifies that no one who is not materially involved in the matter has the right to approach an officer sitting at a speed check and 'demand his certificates and calibrations of the camera.'
You have to be stopped by the traffic officer before you can start demanding those type of things.— Andre Nel, Deputy operations chief - Cape Town Traffic Department
The court process will verify these certificates and traffic officers documentation when evidence is delivered, he adds.
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Officers not required to be visible at speed traps - Cape Town Traffic Dept