Taxi boss has R1.6m 'fines' tab

2012-12-03 08:01

DURBAN - A Durban taxi owner has taken only two years to accumulate more than 4000 traffic prosecution notices with a possible penalty total of R1.6-million.

Kenneth Melvin Oliver, 48, spoke to the Sunday Times about the problem and faces picking up the tab for the drivers of his 10 taxis.


Oliver also reportedly owes R40 000 in penalties for violations involving his private cars, one of them a Jaguar XF 3.0D.

According to the Times, the eThekwini metro police named him as one of its 20 worst offenders.

Oliver believes his drivers should be held liable. He could be right...

"People must understand that drivers come and go," he said. "A driver will work for a few days or weeks and then be gone."

  • riotousr - 2012-12-03 09:46

    I will pay the bearer on demand in Pretoria R2.

  • Mark - 2012-12-03 12:22

    The owner of the vehicle is liable unless they can prove that somebody else was driving the vehicle when the offence occurred.

      Martin - 2012-12-05 08:40

      Thats not entirely true. If the driver was pulled over and fined there and then it is, and can only be, the drivers responsibility. That fine is also a summons i.e you can't not pay and wait for a summons - that is the summons. The responsibility falls on the owner only when its a photo fine, cause as you mentioned, he needs to prove it wasn't him driving.

  • colin.ashby.35 - 2012-12-03 12:46

    and what about the second half of the story. something is missing. the article stops suddenly leaving some expectation of more

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-12-03 17:34

    Considering the absolute corruption in the eThekwini Metro Police force with cops running taxi fleets on the side, I do see why Taxi bosses dont pay their fines in Durban.

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-12-04 07:44

    This is lekker. This guy is all casual about his R1.6 million fines. But when I get a R200 fine and don't pay, I get summoned to court. Total bulsh*t this corrupt system

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