PORT Elizabeth – or the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as the authorities like to call it – must have the best drivers in the world. The metro's traffic and licensing department reports in the special council agenda of January 24 that it has not met its traffic fine targets because "as the broad majority of road users complied with road rules, fewer traffic fines were issued".
The target was 10 per officer per day for the quarter ending December 31 last year, but officers issued only six fines per day on average.
Port Elizabeth residents will be interested to note that "the continuous visibility of traffic officers is guaranteed to promote compliance with traffic rules on all roads within the municipality and fines are issued where necessary".
This in a metro where traffic officers knock off at five in the afternoon.
The target is being reviewed "in line with the current realities".
Ed Richardson, Port Elizabeth