WC hands over more BMWs that stood idle for nearly a year

WC arms over extra BMWs that stood idle for practically a 12 months

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Western Cape Mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie handed over the second batch of high-performance autos of a controversial fleet of luxurious BMWs to a few municipalities.


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On Thursday, 36 autos had been delivered to the Worcester, Beaufort West and Laingsburg site visitors centres. The fleet of the brand new 3-Sequence BMW sparked heavy debate amongst opposition events when it was procured for R63 million in 2022 for the site visitors police after which stood idle for practically a 12 months.

‘Everybody needs to know why we procured these high-performance autos and why not a Polo,’ says Mackenzie. ‘These autos have superior in-vehicle know-how, which incorporates licence plate recognition cameras, which can allow provincial site visitors officers to be much more efficient in making the Western Cape protected and decreasing the variety of street crash fatalities.’

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He additional defended the acquisition by saying that the autos can be helpful as a result of criminals had been ‘utilizing high-performance and superior autos coupled with intelligence to dodge policing’.

Based on News24, the fleet stood idle as a result of the autos weren’t match for goal and tender to suit know-how. This consists of emergency lights, a quantity plate recognition system, and in-vehicle cameras for site visitors regulation enforcement.

Up to now, 67 autos have been handed over to regulation enforcement entities. Mackenzie says the vehicles can be used throughout the province. ‘All of the 122 [vehicles] can be rolled out throughout the province… You have to battle crime intelligently and these autos are what we have to make our roads safer.’

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The Western Cape Authorities once more reiterated that the autos usually are not commonplace sedans, however ‘specialised autos which have been transformed and optimised for the work of site visitors regulation enforcement on the primary provincial and nationwide roads. The usage of superior in-vehicle know-how, which incorporates licence plate recognition cameras, will allow Provincial Visitors officers to be much more efficient in making the Western Cape protected and decreasing the variety of street crash fatalities.’

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31 high-performance BMWs handed over to site visitors regulation enforcement

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