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Joburg launches new plan to improve traffic light signals

Damage to traffic lights caused by car accidents has cost the Johannesburg Roads Agency an average of R12 million per year.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba launches No Joint Traffic Light campaign. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A new plan has been launched to improve traffic light signals, with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) shifting the focus to speed up the repair time significantly.

Damage to traffic lights caused by car accidents has cost the agency an average of R12 million per year.

Cable theft and vandalism are also major contributors, leaving robots out of order for around 10 days.

The JRA's Darryll Thomas says the agency now has a better view of where traffic lights have been affected the longest.

“The smart traffic setting has given us the ability to see which of these faults are impacting the most on the downtime.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)