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Ja well no fine for Jozi drivers

2013-05-21 15:17

Johannesburg –  Earlier in 2012, we reported that only a tiny percentage of Gautengers pay their traffic penalties. The annual report of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) revealed that drivers on the national contraventions register owe R1.6-billion in traffic penalties issued in the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros.

Now it seems  Gauteng drivers may as well trash their traffic *fines as the city of Johannesburg ditches any court summons issued since December 22 2012.

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) has suspended the posting of all courtesy letters requesting for payment of traffic violations, The Star reports.

'NOT A SINGLE COURTESY LETTER SENT'

In terms of legislation, the RTIA has to send letters by registered mail. If court summons are not paid, the RTIA should send out a notice of enforcement order, also by registered mail, informing the driver that failure to pay will be registered on the eNatis system against the driver’s identity number.

Drivers will then be unable to perform any transactions with any vehicle until the infringement notice is paid.

The letters should also coincide with the issuing a warrant against the driver's movable property to recover the money once the National Contravention Register has been fully developed. However, at this stage. the driver has not been found guilty by a magistrate.

According to The Star, RTIA has not sent a single courtesy letter since January 2013, meaning that no further action can be taken against offending drivers.

This means the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) is wasting a possible R7.9-million a month sending letters by registered letters which are seldom collected. Not to mention that traffic officers are wasting their time issuing notice of prosecution.

According to the JMPD, 450 000 letters are sent by registered mail monthly, at a cost of R7.9m.

ONLY 10% OF DRIVERS COUGHED UP

For 18 months before December 22, the JMPD was sending tickets by ordinary mail. The Road Traffic Management Corporation and drivers rightly slammed this practice as illegal. Since then it has been forced to use registered mail at a cost of R20 per letter.
 
The Star reports that since January 2013, 10% of drivers have paid penalties. Since resuming registered mail in December 22 2012, about 1.48 million letters have been sent fruitlessly - another R30-million wasted.

RTIA spokesman Mthunzi Mbungwana said: “In the event that courtesy letters are sent and not collected due to strike action at the post office, an enforcement order is authorised, resulting in all eNatis transactions being blocked, such as the renewal of driving licence cards, motor vehicle licence discs and professional driving permits, causing the infringer unnecessary economic harm, especially fleet owner vehicles, and inconvenience.

Again, nobody has been found guilty of anything.

“These challenges have resulted in the Road Traffic Infringement Agency taking a decision to suspend the issuing of courtesy letters to an infringer until such time that the SA Post Office has given confirmation of an improved delivery of courtesy letters and service levels.”

NOT THE FIRST BLUNDER

This is not the first time this has happened as earlier in 2009, more than R100m worth of summonses issued under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, were cancelled as they were issued illegally.

*Traffic officials cannot issues fines. They issues notices of prosecution to which you have to appear and have the opportunity to contest it. If deemed guilty you will be issued fined or given some other penalty according to the circumstances of or seriousness of the offence.

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Comments
  • Tawanda Murimirwa - 2013-05-21 16:09

    "Traffic officials cannot issues fines..." what about the bribes we give them every time? I want my bribe money back.

      Elgh Elgh - 2013-05-21 16:52

      It's people like you feeding the greed!!!!

      Bullet Proof - 2013-05-21 17:16

      And what about us drivers that paid the fines?

      Mzingaye Bonzie Mhlanga - 2013-05-21 17:53

      You must remember not to point fingers to all the corrupt officials as you are the one fueling the corruption and hope none corrupt officials now know of you and be asked to point those that you have corrupted.

      Shaun Morehammered Denovan - 2013-05-22 09:56

      Sweet. No more brides either. Just accept the fine and chuck it. Not in front of them though, they'll probably try give you a ticket for littering.

      Ndumiso Notywala - 2013-05-22 09:57

      Tawizee you are part of the problems this country is facing right now...

  • Justin Marshall - 2013-05-21 16:51

    How about some editing?

  • Andy Zondi - 2013-05-21 17:34

    Bring this initiative to kzn, tired of metro police giving out unnecessary fines!!!

  • David Pearce - 2013-05-21 22:22

    This is not correct, according to an interview on 702 this afternoon. The fines will still be relevant and payable. The courtesy letters will be sent late due to the Post Office strike, but they will still be issued.

      chrisX - 2013-05-22 09:26

      Wow! One mans lefty mouthpiece is anothers conservative old grumble platform I suppose. I find 702 way to conservative in their views. Weird..

  • Johann Eloff - 2013-05-21 23:01

    I won't pay any speeding fines until all other issues on the road have been resolved. I have never experienced me paying one fine stopping all the other issues...you still have taxis doing what they want, you still have drunk drivers within the speed limit not getting caught and you still have the same amount of reckless drivers and accidents...fix those problems first and then worry about milking the speeding cash cow... Having some traffic officer sit next to the highway exactly where you know they are is not doing anything about the root cause of the actual problem!

  • Wayne Frattaroli - 2013-05-22 08:11

    Try getting a vehicle license if you have not paid your fines!!!

      Neville Watson - 2013-05-22 11:30

      I have had no problem.

  • Gail Welman - 2013-05-22 08:49

    What about the poor suckers who actually paid their fines.

      Shaun Morehammered Denovan - 2013-05-22 09:59

      You should have done what everyone else was doing anyway #f*ckthemetropolice

  • Mulisa Makhalimela - 2013-05-22 22:07

    crush al existing fines n start afresh wer every1 is on zero

  • BaDee Manyuwa - 2013-05-26 10:55

    All my ticket for the last 2 year are no longer available for payment on www.paycity.co.za. Starting afresh.

  • Tracy Vermeulen - 2013-09-18 19:16

    My husband was stopped at a roadblock. The cop said I got you Mr. They issued a print out of fines dating back to 2009 up to 2012. Well just to tell you we have never received anything in the post in all these years. Can anyone shed some light on this as I am in a state. Who do I turn to to get help and resolve this matter????

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