THE motorcycle squad of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Traffic Department, which has been standing idle since 2010, is finally fully operational.
The revival of the motorcycle squad came after the purchase of 10 motorcycles for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup and was never optimally utilised to enforce traffic laws or to perform other duties.
The department is in the process to bolster the squad even further, with locally recruited traffic officers, by the end of 2020, in an effort to ensure swift responses to accidents in the metro.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security, Noluthando Pink, gave the new unit the thumbs up.
â€œThis initiative is long overdue since these bikes were unnecessarily gathering dust since 2010, essentially making the money used to buy them, wasteful expenditure. Now that we have launched it, the motorcycles will make a big difference. In peak hours, the bikes can manoeuvre more easily than cars to respond to emergencies. This will go a long way towards servicing our communities better,â€? Pink said.
The PE Express reported in April that the squad should have been fully operational in June this year. According to the director for traffic and licensing, Warren Prins, the department experienced issues with the squadâ€™s protective gear.
Prins said, â€œThe gear could be bought over the counter and would have been risky for the department if others purchased the gear. The department therefore had to go out on a mini tender