Trucking companies warned of fake metro cops

Trucking companies have been warned of fake metro cops targeting freight drivers on major highways in the country.

TRUCKING COMPANIES WARNED TO CAUTION DRIVERS

The SA Long distance Truckers page on Facebook sent the warning to its trucking community to be on high alert over these bogus metro cops operating on the N3 and N12.

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“As received! All Operating Companies please warn your drivers to be on the lookout for this suspect vehicle. Fake Metro cops operating on the N3 and N12 pulling trucks over to hijack them. Drivers must press the panic alarm and inform controllers when stopped by these robbers”.

SA Long distance Truckers

This alert was also confirmed by FlyNews Live Update ZA emphasising that drivers must immediately press their panic alarm and inform their controllers when encountered by these men.

Fake metro cop make rounds on the internet. Photo: FlyNews Live Update ZA? Facebook.

FAKE METRO COPS’ VEHICLE AND UNIFORM

The photograph making rounds depict a man in a metro police reflector jacket coming out of a stationary white VW Jetta which is used in the commission of the crime.

The reflector jacket or uniform worn by the impersonator cannot be easy identified due to the quality of the image; however, the number plate of the vehicle is easily identifiable.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL UNSAFE

In the wake of this concerning behaviour, there are measures to take when you feel unsafe when being stopped by ‘metro cops’.

According to Legal and Tax, they advise that you follow the ‘blue light protocol’ which are:

  • Slow down
  • Put on your hazards indicate to the blue-light vehicle behind you to follow
  • Calmly drive no faster than 40km/h to the nearest police station, or public space with CCTV coverage (typically a service station forecourt).

If you happen to stop always make sure of the following:

  • The officer stopping you has a name badge attached to their uniform
  • Make sure the police vehicle has a code on the side of it.

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