The reintroduction of speeding cameras in Johannesburg and Tshwane should help
reduce danger to motorists and pedestrians in these metros, as an Arrive Alive
report notes areas with high speeding enforcement see the risk of fatality reduced
Speaking to eNCA in April last year, Fihla noted that the City of Johannesburg was
losing millions with the cameras being inactive, as traffic fines were responsible
for bringing in over R3 million a month.
The city still prosecuted serious offenders via an increased presence and
handwritten notes, but handheld cameras were also offline during the period.
In 2022, Johannesburg introduced ‘smart roadblocks’ which used automatic
number-plate-recognition from Syntell to identify drivers who had outstanding fines,
‘cloned’ cars, and those with stagnant fines or fines with incorrect addresses.
Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse said in April last year that smart roadblocks had
brought in over R14 million in nine weeks.
Using both speeding cameras and smart roadblocks should thus bring in a significant
revenue stream for the City of Johannesburg.