Motorists owe Durban R1.4bn in fines

2012-11-22 08:39

Durban - Errant motorists owe the eThekwini municipality R1.4bn in traffic fines, the Mercury reported on Thursday.

Only 14% of the fines were paid this year, according to a report the city's metro police tabled at the city's finance and procurement committee on Wednesday.

According to the report, R3.7m of the outstanding fines dated back to 2005.

The latest figures show that in September a total of 3 145 fines were issued for red traffic light violations, 13 403 for speeding, 16 867 for parking violations and 29 326 for "moving and other" violations.

KwaZulu-Natal transport department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said there were plans to collect on the unpaid tickets during the forthcoming holiday.

"We will be focusing on this in roadblocks and those with outstanding fines will be made to pay."

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-11-22 08:53

    Surely you mean "those with outstanding fines will be affored their dau in court". 3/4 of those fines are a crock because their records are in a shambles. I am still getting summonses delivered to my home for a car I sold, and transferred, to a dealer over a year ago. Reminder to everyone - if they cannot produce a authenticated copy of a SIGNED summons delivered to you or someone resident on your premises, then all they can do is give you a summons to appear in court. They cannot arrest you, they cannot force you to pay admission of guilt. The goons will try - stand your ground.

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-22 09:22

      Can you just IMAGINE what is going to happen when/if they try to implement the E-Toll idea in Gauteng - chaos!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-11-22 09:49

      Looks like the budgets for the Christmas parties might have to be slashed ..

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-11-22 13:07

      Everyone forced to pay except for, wait for it..... MINIBUS TAXI's

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-22 08:59

    Focus on the soft targets whilst the real criminal continue to hold the country hostage. That way you can show us more improved crime stats next year and tell us how crime is down

  • Billy - 2012-11-22 09:03

    our "leaders" dont follow the rules, why should we?

  • cameron.briceland - 2012-11-22 09:29

    I urge all Durbanites to specifically not pay their traffic fines as this money will be removed from the economy. It is not the duty of any traffic department to collect revenue..just direct the traffic you uneducated government people are not are our shut up and give the taxpayers the respect they deserve.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-22 11:21

      I refuse to pay and have done so for years. I pay normal tax, I see no return. I pay fuel levies, the roads are in a shambles. I pay metro levies, I see no Metro Police, unless they are drunk and braaiing at lunchtime down by the commune at Burman Bush. I see taxis breaking the law and getting away with it. I see Metro Cop vehicles parked on red lines. I see Metro Cop vehicles shopping at Woolworths. If I ever saw a Durban Metro Police person working as pointsman when the robots are faulty I may think about it. Until then, they can all go and whistle

  • georgi.mcguire - 2012-11-22 09:42

    According to Carte Blanche there are the 9 metro police officers who combined owe hundreds of thousands in fines with regards to their taxi businesses. Why should the public pay if the ones issuing the fines don’t pay. The Municipality should clean their own house before pointing fingers. It’s easy to govern the law abiding citizen, but they are getting “gatvol” of the double standards.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-11-22 10:24

      The cops get off using a loophole in the law. They claim that they are not responsible, the driver is responsible, then claim they cannot track down the driver because he had no fixed abode. They get away with it.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-22 09:42

    Good job citizens this corrupt governmnt doesn't deserve a cent...

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-11-22 09:57

    Fines are meant to be a punishment, not some budgeted revenue source.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-22 11:36

    Brilliant. Another example of ANC municipal leadership forging ahead and running a city (into the ground.)

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-11-22 13:20

    Eish My brothers do not pay fines - we pay the metro police Eish.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-22 13:46

    Hogwash. Motorists should ask the council to proof that they owe an actual debt, as well as to show the loss caused or damage suffered that led to a debt being owed.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-11-22 17:36

    The culture of not paying has gripped this country by its roots. We just don't want to pay for fines or services. You would rather buy some nice clothes than pay a municipal fine with that money.

  • chris.kleynhans - 2012-11-22 17:56

    A traffic offense should be addressed in such a way that the transgressor knows exactly what iut was that he transgressed and exactly where and when. This is becoming more and more subtle. I had fines without photos coming to my house that made claims that I could not identify with. Some were for exceeding a speed limit of 80 on a highway which was probably during the roadworks. But as I know I tried to obey this as far as humanly possible, I need to know where I slipped up. I don't. SO what is the point...Only point could be that this is just another way of taxation...If you give me a fine, I need to be able to defend myself in court and I need to have enough information available from the word go.

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