October 18, 2017

The Rewards of Building a Career in Traffic Policing

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Traffic officers play a crucial part in maintaining order on the roads and ensuring the safety of road users

Traffic officers are hailed as heroic professionals because of the skills they have that bring order on the roads. Reports have indicated that there is a critical shortage of traffic officers in the road safety industry. Traffic departments and agencies are severely understaffed which creates a significant problem as road casualties are in the limelight.

Traffic officers have to monitor the behaviour of drivers and be on alert for intoxicated drivers, reckless and negligent drivers, driver’s permits and documentation. Road agencies are in desperate need for trained professionals to deal with the issues that exist on our roads.      

Road carnage costs South Africa’s economy about 400 billion rands a year, all of which can be reduced with significant effort.

Hard-hitting Road Traffic statistics over the years:

According to RTMC, about 14 000 people die annually on South African roads and many more are seriously injured.

What’s more, News24 reported road crash statistics during the festive period for 2016/ 2017, where it was revealed that 1 714 people died on the roads. The cause of these deaths is mainly due to the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signs.

What are the Profits of a Career as a Traffic Officer? 

A qualification in the Traffic policing field affords you various opportunities for growth in the industry. This is a career that offers stability and benefits such as a good salary package with bonuses and retirement payouts. According to PayScale a police officer earns an average salary of R157, 951 per year. If you’re a police sergeant the average salary can be as high as R180, 481 per year. As a Traffic Manager, you would earn an average salary of R236, 792 per year.

The job has flexible work hours where you can work 4 days in the week and have days off. This allows you time to enjoy family life and other activities.

What are the requirements to become a Traffic Officer?

You will need a South African citizenship, Grade 12 or equivalent, no criminal record, Code B driver’s license (manual transmission) and a medical certificate with a clean bill of health.

However, with proper Traffic Police training and certification, you will be equipped with the skills needed in the industry and have access to more opportunities.

Who will Hire you?

You can work in government, municipality or any government agency such as RTMC, Cross Border Transport Agency or other national road and transport agencies.

This is a career that allows you to positively impact on the safety of people on the roads and in the community. As a traffic officer, you can expect to become a reputable civil servant, dedicated to maintaining the safety of citizens on the roads. Read more on how you can make a difference in this field.

You get to Save Lives 

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Road safety officers are effective in helping to reduce the number of accidents and deaths that take place on the roads. They are especially busy during the holiday periods where the roads are packed and lots of people are travelling. They are required to be on high-alert and assist in regulating appropriate road procedures.

According to the Easter long-weekend road crash statistics in April 2017, more than 235 people lost their lives. This is the reason why traffic officers are necessary as they prevent uncalled-for loss of lives. 

The statistics further unveiled that during this time: 

  • 1,738 motorists were caught speeding
  • 354 were found overloading vehicles
  • 843 people were without driver's licenses and 346 without public driver's permits.

You play a role in ensuring Safety to Citizens 

As a traffic officer, you have to be familiar with road signs and be able to comprehend the rules of the road. This will ensure that you direct the flow of traffic and keep to the regulations effectively.  

To do well in this occupation, you must be able to handle the pressure and the demands of being a commander on the road. You should be able to work with people and direct road users, be able to listen and make smart decisions. You should possess good observation skills and be able to solve complex issues on the roads when they arise.  

Being able to instruct Road users and Create Order 

As a traffic officer, you need to be up-to-speed with the laws that road users are required to comply with and ensure that they are practiced. You will have to use logic and reasoning to make quick decisions that won’t place the lives of people at risk.  

It is also expected of you to monitor the behaviour of drivers and check licenses and registrations. This includes being able to detect motorists who are intoxicated to help avoid accidents from occurring. Your overall responsibility is to make the experience of all road users a pleasant one.

Career paths you can follow with a Traffic Policing qualification 

Metropolitan Police Officer
Provincial Traffic Inspector
Traffic/Police Officer
Municipal Law Enforcement Officer

Why study with Lyceum? 

Lyceum Correspondence College affords you an opportunity to study a Diploma in Metropolitan and Traffic Policing. The course covers crucial elements in this field such as General Management for Law Enforcement, Business Communication for Law Enforcement and Metropolitan Science.

Lyceum’s course in traffic policing is structured to equip graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that people in this industry need. The programme is uniquely structured to meet the growing demands placed on traffic and police agencies.

A successful Alumnus testimonial 

“With my Lyceum diploma, I stand a better chance to be promoted. Thank you, Lyceum. I am honoured to be a part of your legacy”.  

- Mandla Comfort Nyathi, Diploma in Metropolitan and Traffic Policing graduate, currently employed in policing.

When you complete the Diploma you will become a qualified traffic officer and receive diverse opportunities in the field.  

When you are employed as a traffic officer you have many opportunities to grow in your career. This is a career with many professional and personal benefits. With a traffic officer role, you can create a difference in increasing road safety and influence society to abide by the rules of the roads.  


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini
Content Creator at Educor Holdings

As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change.

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