What is a Traffic Officer?
Traffic Officers have the important responsibility of ensuring the safety of our roads. Traffic Officers enforce road rules for both drivers and pedestrians to prevent accidents and deaths from occurring. The main goal of a Traffic Officer’s tasks is to save lives whilst ensuring a safe and free flow of traffic.
What does a Traffic Officer do?
- patrols roads by car, motorcycles, or on foot
- uses speed-measuring devices to enforce the speed limit
- identifies signs of a drunk driver, tests them and determines if an offence has been committed
- issues fines
- inspects vehicles for road worthiness
- checks vehicles for valid registration and outstanding fines
- monitors cellphone usage by drivers
Are you . . . ?
- a good driver?
- able to work with people with difficult personalities?
- someone with a strong sense of duty to uphold the law?
- honest and trustworthy?
- a team player
How do I become a Traffic Officer?
You first need to be employed by Provincial Government, Municipality or Government Agency such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation or Cross Border Road Transport Agency.
Vacant posts are advertised by these authorities in open media (newspapers, online etc).
You would need to check your local and national newspapers on a regular basis. You may also contact any Local or Provincial Authority directly to enquire whether vacancies exist and when posts will be advertised.
- South African Citizen
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- No criminal record
- Code B driving Licence (manual)
- Medical Certificate
- Less than 35 years of age
COLLEGES AND ACADEMIES:
- Limpopo Traffic Training College, Polokwane – Limpopo, 015 967 0467
- Boekenhoutkloof Traffic Training College, Pretoria – Gauteng, 083 676 5133
- Kwazulu Natal Traffic Training College, Pietermaritzburg – KZN, 033 394 0202
- Lengau Traffic Training College, Bloemfontein - Free State, 051 409 0444
- Mangaung Traffic Training College, Bloemfontein - Free State, 051 412 8100
- Gene Louw Traffic Training College, Cape - Western Cape, 021 983 1501
- Durban Metro Police Traffic Training College, Durban – KZN, 031 701 0462
- Johannesburg Metro Police Dept Academy, Johannesburg – Gauteng, 011 429 5010
- Tshwane Metro Police Dept Academy, Pretoria – Gauteng, 012 358 0005
- Ekurhuleni Metro Police Dept Academy, Springs – Gauteng, 011 812 8700
- Port Elizabeth Traffic Training College, Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape, 041 390 4501
- Matjhabeng Traffic Training College, Welkom - Free State, 051 876 2224
Is becoming a Traffic Officer the right career choice for me?