South Africa: Photo-enforcement cameras to be added at more level crossings

8 Nov

The Western Cape’s Transport Minister, Robin Carlisle, has said that there are plans to roll out CCTV photo-enforcement to a number of higher risk level crossings in the province.

A pilot project saw a photo-enforcement camera installed at the White Road level crossing in Retreat. Now new cameras are live at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath at which a reckless school transport driver was responsible for the deaths of many of his passengers in 2010.

Mr Carlisle says that the introduction of the CCTV photo-enforcement camera at the White Road crossing has led to a significant reduction in the number of incidents since it was installed. Two further camera systems are to be installed at the Military Road and Muldersvlei level crossings

The photo-enforcement cameras are a component of the strategy agreed by the Provincial Transport Department and the Metrorail railway company to deliver safer level crossings and discourage wilful misuse of them.

2 Responses to “South Africa: Photo-enforcement cameras to be added at more level crossings”

  1. Andrew Fraser November 8, 2013 at 10:40 #

    I’m wondering what’s meant by “incident”. Does it mean that there has there been a reduction in accidents? Or is it too early to say?

    I’m also intrigued by the “reckless school transport driver”. If s/he was “reckless”, why would s/he have been employed as a school transport driver?

    • aidannelson November 12, 2013 at 11:43 #

      Incident is used as there are cases of wilful misuse and others which are human error. The former does not sit well with the term accident. Therefore the reduction is in the sum of both wilful misuse and human error. Intuitively, as nothing has been done to the crossing configuration to reduce human error, the reduction is in wilful misuse.

      I agree with your comment regarding the fitness to drive on a hire and reward basis. He is currently serving multiple life sentences for the murder of those who died as a result of his actions.

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