Bellville’s traffic congestion

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town’s traffic service has been inundated with complaints about traffic congestion and transgressions in and around the Bellville public transport interchange.

The congestion – particularly during the morning and afternoon peak – is largely due to the fact that the interchange is not able to handle the sheer volume of traffic flowing through. This results in vehicles queuing to get into the taxi rank as well as a backup into the intersections leading into the taxi rank.

We understand the frustration of motorists who are affected by this congestion and can assure the public that we are doing everything possible to mitigate the impact until a more long-term solution is in place.

For the record, the City is working on engineering solutions to address the problem. This will, however, take some time to finalise.

In the interim, traffic services has already met with the various taxi associations in a bid to help regulate the flow of traffic within the taxi rank.

For the record, between June and August this year, traffic services issued 2 620 fines at the interchange. They also impounded 66 minibus taxis for not having operating licences and a further 28 vehicles were suspended for not being roadworthy.

Staff will continue their enforcement efforts as resources allow. I appeal to the public to bear with us during this time and to assist traffic services and themselves by adhering to the rules of the road.

While I empathise and acknowledge that the situation is frustrating, it does not justify breaking the rules as this simply exacerbates the situation.