System to make access to Chappies easier

A number plate recognition system will make it easier for emergency vehicles to access the area.

The introduction of an automatic number plate recognition system at the Chapman's Peak Toll Plaza will make it easier for emergency vehicles to access the area.Picture:AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The introduction of an automatic number plate recognition system at the Chapman's Peak Toll Plaza will make it easier for emergency vehicles to access the popular tourist spot.

Western Cape transport officials say the system is at an advanced stage of testing and will ensure vehicles exempted from paying the toll fee gain automatic entry.

As it stands, police officers are expected to present a voucher to access Chapman's Peak Drive, but the Hout Bay Police Station commander says this isn't always the case and has complained of the red tape involved.

The Provincial Transport Department's Siphesihle Dube says the new system will be implemented soon.

"It will immediately be able to identify a vehicle that's listed as being exempt and allow them access automatically as they approach the plaza."

The department released photographs on Wednesday showing officers were not denied entry to the drive while responding to a crime on Sunday.

It was reported that the officers were turned away because they didn't have money to pay the toll.

The officers were responding to an alleged robbery where bags of cash were stolen from an Iranian family's vehicle.