Speedsters have free rein on George streets

Cathy Dippnall GARDEN ROUTE CORRESPONDENT dippnallc@avusa.co.za

SPEEDING drivers in the main streets of George have free rein following the removal of permanent cameras.
The cameras were removed after the tender of private contractor Total Client Services (TCS) expired in October.
TCS was granted a three-year contract to put up permanent speed cameras in the George central business district in 2001, which was then extended to September this year.
The contractors have removed all their equipment, including three cameras in York Street, three in Courtenay Street in the main CBD and several cameras in Sandkraal Road and Albert Street in the main industrial area.
George community safety senior manager Daniel Beeka said yesterday the contract had not been awarded again because the municipality had to consider new legislation which could affect the provision of services by private contractors for speed law enforcement.
Beeka said the municipality had to honour the terms of the contract with TCS regarding its termination date.
His department had undertaken extensive research of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, which deals with public/private partnerships. “This (research) was subsequently included in the tender specifications.”
Beeka said the current tender process was almost complete. He hoped a new contract would be awarded by next month.
Traffic Chief Kenny Africa confirmed there was an agreement with the provincial traffic department to do speed enforcement in George.