Traffic offenders beware, the City of Cape Town has a new fleet of super cars that will chase you down at top speed.
The Ghost Squad now has 11 new posh Lexus vehicles that cost the City a cool R5 million.
Just like the other Ghost Squad cars, the new vehicles are unmarked and the officers behind the wheel will be on the lookout for dodgy drivers, fine dodgers and illegal drag racers.
Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says they needed the new wheels.
“The traffic services department requires higher specification vehicles for chasing perpetrators. The department needs to be well-resourced with reliable vehicles that will offer maximum efficiency. The vehicles selected through a tender process, were found to be most suitable,” he tells the Cape Argus.
Each vehicle cost R473 099 which Smith says is cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf GTIs that were first purchased for the elite traffic unit.
Smith adds there are still drivers in Cape Town who think they are untouchable: “In many cases these are the same residents who think that speed limits, parking restrictions, and licensing regulations do not apply to them.”
Traffic bosses have challenged speed cops to see who can serve the most warrants to a list of 100 most-wanted drivers.
Motorists should brace themselves for intensive operations using the City’s automatic number plate recognition system over the next week.