Are cops playing by the rules?

2011-12-21 09:43

The Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) was accused on Tuesday of violating the Road Traffic Act by sending infringement notices to offenders through standard permit mail.

But the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has insisted the JMPD was abiding by the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act.

Justice Project SA chairman Howard Dembovsky told reporters on Tuesday: "The notices are normally sent by registered mail but JMPD management started sending them by standard permit mail on June 1, 2010, saying it saved them R15 per mail item."

Dembovsky described the practice as corrupt and said it was a violation of Aarto.


He said: "Up to eight million notices were sent to traffic offenders for 18 months. The department had in return generated more than R1.1-billion after traffic offenders paid the fines."

The infringement notices covered a variety of offences, especially speeding in which drivers were captured on camera.

Dembovsky said the JMPD only started using registered mail again in January, 2011 after the acting Registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency, Japh Chuwe, wrote to JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo requesting them to do so.

Dembovsky said his organisation had also sent a complaint to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, asking her to probe the department.

JMPD spokesman chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar referred all enquiries to Ashref Ismail of the RTMC.

Ismail said: "The whole JMPD has been operating under the Aarto Act since 2009 but I do not know if they have been issuing infringement notices by standard permit or registered mail."


  • kconradie - 2011-12-21 11:00

    It's worse than mail, how many vehicles are on the road being un-roadworthy? It would appear that 'first parade' is not in the vocabulary any more. Too many Metro and Police vehicles run around without number plates and lights that are not working. Some are in terrible state of disrepair...

  • Fredster - 2011-12-21 13:02

    Yes they are wrong in the way that they do it, and yes they also do things wrong, but hell man, if you received a fine, pay the bloody thing. it is the right thing to do

  • Alan - 2011-12-21 13:14

    If they could just help us i would be happy to pay fines, If they could just stop for one second to evaluate where there priorities need to be: roadworthy vehicles, driving etiquette, traffic control...

  • Adriaan - 2011-12-22 07:40

    They can’t even spell the word, never mind abide by it.

  • Willem - 2011-12-22 19:50

    The Metro collection service, perhaps you do what the on comment says, you pay. Just think a lot of people pay and that is OKand the main aim, to get money for mahala. You can always misuse the laws later, but it might cost. Everybody in this country were brain washed into believing spead is the thing. Not driving too slow, not issuing licenses to people who can't drive at all. One of the social workers got her license. Every body is glad. Then I happen to look at her skills behind the stearing wheel. She can't drive. She can't reverse at all. When reversing she was turning the stearing wheel the wrong way. She was driving at maximum 60 km/h. Speed is going to be the problem, when she has her accident, because because she is going to slow on the M29. And all the people vote that everyone should drive 60Km/hour. Now the Metro Collection services can write even more fines. There is disregard for the law, why are we in this spiral of stupidity? I will make my suggestion again, namely, not a cent shoud go to the Metro of these fines. Every single cent should go to, teaching people to drive properly. Every driver who survives an accident should be forced to attend an advance driving school paid for by fines. There will be a new thriving industry. Teaching of people in the RSA to drive. a Accident, you have no option, you have to go for advance training. I did that with my wife. After her third accident and a highjacking a forced her to go to an advance driving class. She can drive

  • pages:
  • 1